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Let's steer LNG tankers far away from the North End, Waterfront

Sixty times a year, residents of waterfront neighborhoods watch as enormous liquefied natural gas tankers sail through Boston Harbor (''Officials pressed to control tanker traffic -- on land and sea," Jan. 22, City Weekly). Every time one of these ships come through the city, our safety is jeopardized. North End residents and the North End/Waterfront Residents Association are not alone in identifying these tankers as a concern.

A liquefied natural gas explosion in Boston Harbor has the potential to burn people and buildings up to three-quarters of a mile away, according to a 2004 study by Sandia National Laboratories. Boston is one of the few urban areas in the world that supports a LNG terminal, creating a target for terrorism that could kill or injure up to 500,000 people.

LNG is an important energy source for our region, but to bring these tankers into Boston Harbor is a risk that should end. City, state, and federal officials should work together to identify new LNG station areas, such as off the coast of Massachusetts or at Outer Brewster Island, far enough away to eliminate any threat to people.

To that end, we have created the Coalition for an LNG Solution, a group of residents in the North End, Charlestown, Chelsea, Winthrop, and East Boston. We want to work with our elected officials to create new LNG terminal options and get these dangerous tankers out of Boston Harbor. To join us, please find us online at www.lngsolutions.blogspot.com, or call us at 617-488-2896.

Alice Christopher
Coalition for an LNG Solution

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