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 May 14, 2005
Fire Department says LNG company should have to meet current standards
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. The Providence Fire Department says the company that wants to expand its liquefied natural gas operation in the capital city should have to comply with all current safety standards.

The fire department gave its opinion to federal regulators in a letter yesterday, according to The Providence Journal.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is in the final stages of considering whether KeySpan LNG can expand its Fields Point facility so it can take deliveries by tanker ship instead of by truck.

KeySpan told federal regulators last month that the company is not legally required to meet current safety standards in order to expand.

The company says it's looking at some less expensive measures that it believes would adequately protect people from a LNG leak or a fire.

But the Fire Department reviewed KeySpan's proposed safety improvements and says they don't go far enough.

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