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National Expert on LNG Safety Speaking in Portland

Jerry Havens is an outstanding resource for people interested in the big LNG projects coming to the Lower Columbia and Coos Bay. With the recent passage of federal energy legislation, folks may want to take a little time and learn about some of the risks of these ominous development proposals.
WHAT: OSPIRG and the Conservation Leaders Network are bringing Dr. Jerry Havens, national LNG expert, to Portland to share his expertise with the community. Encouraged by the promise of the new federal energy policy, out-of-state energy companies have targeted Oregon's Lower Columbia for siting 4 LNG import terminals. Government agencies admit that the main beneficiary of this natural gas is not the local area, yet it is communities on both sides of the river and Portland itself that will bear any adverse impacts.

WHEN: August 16, 2005, 7:00PM

Billy Frank Conference Center
971 NW 9th Avenue, Second Floor


WHO: Dr. Jerry Havens is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Maurice E. Barker Chair in Chemical Process Safety and Environmental Fate of Chemicals, University of Arkansas, a former officer in the U.S. Army's chemical weapons division and an expert in biological warfare, nuclear weapons and the behavior of chemical fires. His work has long been a central component of federal LNG regulations. Testifying before Congress, Dr. Havens has suggested the government is underestimating the public safety risks posed by an accidental spill or an attack on an LNG vessel. He is the national expert on LNG safety.

WHY: Federal regulations for siting LNG terminals are based on scenarios that envision only extremely small accidents, involving less than 1% of the LNG stored at a typical terminal. None of the scenarios consider a fire involving the tanker ships delivering the gas, which many scientists believe is far more dangerous to the public than a scenario involving land based storage and processing facilities.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP: We hope you'll be able to attend this important and informative event. And if you really want to get involved, we could really use some volunteers to help out the night of August 16th. For more information or to volunteer a couple hours the night of the event...Please contact one of the following:

Jeremy Wright, OSPIRG, 503 231-4181 x 3
Peg Reagan, Conservation Leaders Network, 541 247-8079