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 May 10, 2005
LNG terminals bad economics for Rhode Island, Lynch says
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch says two projects to expand liquid natural gas in and around Rhode Island are bad economics for the state. KeySpan hopes to expand its L-N-G facility in Providence to take large shipments by tanker. And the energy company Hess hopes to build an L-N-G tanker in Fall River.

In an interview with The Associated Press this week, Lynch said the security zones that would have to accompany L-N-G tankers to those facilities would shut down large swaths of Narragansett Bay, shut down the Newport Bridge, and hurt plans to redevelop Providence�s waterfront.

He says that if both facilities are approved, the tankers would be passing through the bay three times a week.

Lynch and other state officials have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to analyze what impact the facilities would have on the Ocean State�s economy.

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