facts about the Weaver’s Cove LNG facility.
The proposed Liquefied
Natural Gas facility at Weaver’s Cove is being presented as a project with
and many benefits. However, the facts show
otherwise. The statements in bold represent public positions
taken by Weaver’s Cove representatives.
LNG facilities have an
excellent track record.
False. Only a few months ago,
on January 19, 2004, the Skikda LNG plant on the Algerian coast blew
to a leaking LNG pipe, killing or burning over 100
persons. Only the remote location of the facility prevented
higher casualties from the huge explosion. Windows were broken
in buildings six miles away. Before the
Weaver’s Cove officials said that it was virtually impossible for an LNG
facility to explode; now,
we know that to be
LNG tanker ships are
invulnerable because of their double hulls.
False. In October, 2002, a new
French double-hulled oil tanker, the “Limburg,” sailing off the coast of
was rammed by a speedboat with explosives, penetrating 20
feet into the cargo hold and setting the ship
All LNG tankers are as vulnerable to attack or accident as the
“Limburg;” the only difference is that
consequences of piercing
an LNG tanker can be catastrophic.
Because the terminal will be
located in the North End of Fall River, only residents surrounding the
terminal will be affected by Weaver’s Cove
False. Because the ship channel
in Fall River is close to the shoreline and residences, LNG tankers will
traveling in close proximity to homes all along Mount Hope Bay
and the Taunton River. Professor James Fay of
MIT has said
that anyone living within 2 miles of the terminal or one mile of the ship
channel will be exposed to
radiation burns from an accident or
attack on the terminal or one of the LNG ships that will be making weekly
trips to the Weaver’s Cove site. South End and Somerset
residents will be as exposed to danger from LNG
tankers as will
be North End residents from the terminal.
The Weaver’s Cove facility is
no different from the Bay Street gas tank.
False. The Bay Street facility
is a peak-shaving facility used to store gas for seasonal periods of peak
demand. In addition, the Bay Street tank holds 7,100 cubic
meters of LNG, while the Weaver’s Cove terminal
200,000, or 29 times the size of the Bay Street tank. The Weaver’
Cove tank will be 185 feet high, or
50 feet higher than the road
pavement at the highest point on the Braga Bridge! While
trucks serve the Bay Street tank a year, the
Weaver’s Cove facility will generate up to 36,000 truck trips a
The threat from terrorism is
False. Both the Department of
Homeland Security and the Congressional Research Service have stated
unequivocally that the ease of attacking LNG ships and
terminals---and the large fatalities that would result---
them inviting targets for terrorism. In addition, the recent blast
in Algeria shows that LNG facilities are
vulnerable to equipment
failure or human error.
The Coast Guard and other
public safety personnel will protect LNG ships from
False. The standing Coast Guard
orders in the event of the breaching of an LNG ship from terrorist act or
accident is to abandon the scene with speed, since there is
nothing that can be done to stop the escape of the
or to prevent it from spreading and igniting. Fire Chief Edward
Dawson has said publicly that---
because of the swiftness of the
spread of LNG gasses and the intensity of the resulting fire---there is
that fire personnel could possibly do to stop a
conflagration in the city.
The Weaver’s Cove facility will
have no impact on property values.
False. There are already reports
from realtors that properties near to the terminal are having a difficult
selling. If a terminal actually gets built---and
especially if an incident occurs similar to the one in Algeria
recently---property values in Fall River and Somerset will plunge.
In addition, home insurance rates can be
expected to rise
The $3 million in taxes that
Weaver’s Cove generates will be a boon to the City of Fall
False. What Weaver’s Cove gives
with one hand, it will be taking away with the other. The
income generated by Weaver’s Cove will have to be
spent on increasing fire and police personnel to deal with
possibility of an event either at the terminal or to ships. In
addition, more City fire and police personnel will
be needed to
guard LNG tanker ships that will be arriving in the city every week.
These additional personnel
will cost the City millions of
Weaver’s Cove will be a great
False. Any new development that
is built at the former Shell Oil site will generate construction and
jobs. Weaver’s Cove will generate only 40 jobs,
less than one job per acre. In addition, Weaver’s Cove will
threaten other jobs in the city because existing and new employers
will not want to locate here. The impact on
economy from Weaver’s Cove will be overwhelmingly negative.
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