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Community Forum TODAY - take action to stop more fossil fuel infrastructure

Vermont is under water today, but just a month ago Vermont saw fire from a gas tanker that exploded after sparks were seen coming from underneath, an incident that could be repeated in New Mexico if the plan to build a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in Rio Rancho is allowed to proceed. Check out this video from the incident:

Imagine that fire in a dry New Mexico grassland or forest!

New Mexico Gas Company wants to build an LNG liquefaction, storage and regasification plant near the Double Eagle Airport and their application includes a plan to transport LNG by tanker trucks to locations across the state. A preliminary look at the research finds that:

  • Physical danger from the ignition of leaking gas forming a low-lying cloud that drifts until it hits an ignition source — even simple static electricity — and ignites an inferno. Depending upon wind and topography, such vapor clouds can extend for miles.

  • LNG production lines are rife with heavier hydrocarbons such as ethane & propane that present a higher risk of explosion.

  • Emergency personnel (fire and hospital) require special training and equipment to respond to LNG fires, which cannot be extinguished with water. LNG fires are extremely difficult to control.

  • Proposed LNG tanker trucks will endanger New Mexico drivers and communities throughout the state.

  • Impacts from boil-off gas and other necessary intermittent venting could increase cumulative emissions and further exacerbate existing air quality issues in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

The plant is proposed for a 25 acre site in Bernalillo County on the outskirts of Rio Rancho, but its impacts will be felt by all of us, especially NMGC customers.


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