May 2007

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HPIn LNG: Risk within reason

US liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal projects have met with considerable opposition from local communities. A major debate surrounds the hazards and societal risks/benefits from LNG faciliti..

Saraf, S., Exponent, Inc.

US liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal projects have met with considerable opposition from local communities. A major debate surrounds the hazards and societal risks/benefits from LNG facilities. The science of risk assessment has advanced markedly over the years, and one can use sophisticated techniques to quantify risks from potential accident scenarios for an LNG facility. However, society's perception of these risks is quite different. Persuading communities to accept even reasonably low levels of added risks may be quite challenging. The flammability hazards and associated concerns about LNG may be real but, the risks, as perceived by the community, may be significantly higher

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