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 May 23, 2005
Report: Proposed LNG security measures not enough to avoid attack
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A new report says terrorists would likely be able to get around security measures meant to prevent an attack on tankers carrying liquefied natural gas up Narragansett Bay.

The report was prepared by counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke at the request of Attorney General Patrick Lynch, who opposes plans to expand L-N-G facilities on the bay.

It says weapons could be mounted from boats or from land along a tanker's route to Providence -- where KeySpan wants to expand an

L-N-G facility. It also says aircraft could blast tankers from the sky.

An earlier study by the federal government said the danger of a terrorist attack could be reduced greatly with a halo of security around L-N-G tankers. But Clarke's report suggests that heavier security won't significantly reduce that risk.

KeySpan would not immediately comment -- saying it had not yet seen the report.

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