Monday, January 16, 2006

Who's At Risk

The question of LNG safety in Boston Harbor isn't just for those who live in waterfront condominiums downtown or in three-families near the water in East Boston. This is an issue that goes deeper into the heart of Boston.

The best illustration is part of a Dec. 12, 2004 Boston Globe story and the corresponding graphic (click here). It paints a harrowing picture beyond the waterfront for South Boston, the financial district, and Beacon Hill.

According to the chart, people 4,200 feet away -- nearly one mile -- would be in danger. That includes about 500,000 people, probably more on work day when thousands of suburbanites come to downtown to work.

If that's not enough (and it should be), some of the city's -- and the nation's -- history would be in the fire zone. Places like the State House and Boston Common would be in danger. Historic places like the Old North Church, Faneuil Hall and the USS Constitution would be obliterated. In effect, these LNG tankers pose a threat to our past, present and future.

Luckily, there is a growing list of options outside of the terminal at Chelsea Creek. Now's the time to push our public officials to save the harbor and the surrounding neighborhoods from LNG tankers. Join our voice by commenting below, or e-mail us.


At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are these safety hazards supposed to trouble us here when AES is downplaying them in its proposals at other sites?


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