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June 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Northwest coal exports

Coal is only the beginning

It is becoming more obvious to me by the day that coal is just the gateway commodity to justify an export terminal at Cherry Point [“Sierra Club sues BNSF over coal dust from trains,” seattletimes.com, June 5].

Once they start with coal, it will only be a matter of time before liquefied natural gas (LNG) and refined-petroleum products move from our shores to the export market.

The export of petroleum products will cause scarcity, and thus price increases for us domestically, and the export of LNG will endanger us beyond imagination.

Back in the day, long before Internet, one of my chemistry professors did a scale-model demonstration of what an LNG-tanker explosion would do to a port facility. I’m not sure what the official explosive safety quantity distance radius is for an LNG explosion, but in the professor’s scale model, most of Manhattan was taken out.

Thomas Munyon, Marysville

 

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