A Houston-based company has withdrawn its plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. Its decision came after Governor Bob Riley expressed concern over the facility’s potential environmental impact. TORP Technologies planned to build the terminal 63 miles south of Mobile and offered up to $30 million to the state to deal with any potential damage to sea life created by its “open-loop” process of heating the natural gas. Governor Riley believes the process could create too many problems. In that regard, he made this statement:
I believe the potential benefits of the LNG terminal off our coast do not outweigh the consequences and the potentially negative effect this could have on our coastal environment.
TORP said in a news release it was withdrawing the project “based on certain environmental considerations and current market conditions.” TORP said it would “reinstitute the licensing process” after addressing the governor’s concerns. I understand that Governor Riley is open to further discussions with the company.
LNG must be heated and converted back to its gaseous state before being moved into gas pipelines. The “open-loop” process that TORP proposed would have taken millions of gallons of water to reheat the gas, returning that water back to the sea. That process caused concern among environmentalists and coastal conservation groups, who argued that returning the water to the Gulf of Mexico could wreak havoc on the fisheries and marine life there. I agree with the governor’s position on this matter.
Source: Mobile Press Register
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