Letter to the Sacramento Bee Editor: Natural gas importing

by Jack Stewart
Nov. 10, 2005
Re "Importing natural gas," editorial, Nov. 2: In order to meet future energy needs, California must increase its natural gas supply. The most sensible way to accomplish that is by establishing liquified natural gas (LNG) facilities here.

LNG is natural gas that has been cooled to a liquid, nonflammable form so it can be safely transported in specially equipped tankers. If we build terminals to accept LNG, we can turn it back into gas and plug it into the state's existing natural gas pipeline system.

LNG has an excellent safety record. During the past 45 years, more than 33,000 carrier voyages have occurred, covering 60 million miles around the globe, all without a major accident.

Only by adding new supplies of natural gas can we help ensure an affordable energy supply for California businesses and consumers.

- Jack M. Stewart, Sacramento
President, California Manufacturers & Technology Assn.

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