“I endorse Katy because she cares about the safety and well being of the people in our county. Katy will take action to assure the natural resources that provide the foundation of Coos county’s economy are healthy and are not compromised.”  – Mike Graybill

The public safety should be a top priority of our County Commissioners. It is important that our communities are a safe place for our families live and for tourists to visit.  This includes how we handle our county jail to making sure we are not put at risk by Jordan Cove Energy Project not following safety standards.
Katy Eymann also understands that public safety includes holding any corporation that moves into Coos Bay to a high standard of safety.

At a minimum, any LNG terminal in our county should be built and operated according to the industry’s own safety standards.  The terminal proposed for our county does not meet the safety standards set out by the world’s leading LNG producers.

Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators Safety Standards

The Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) has published safety standards, through the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators), in its publication Site Selection and Design for LNG Ports and Jetties, Information Paper No. 14. This publication, drafted by LNG industry experts, states
that LNG terminals:

  •  Must be located in remote areas where other ships do not pose a collision risk and where any gas escape cannot affect local populations.
  • Avoid mooring along long inshore waterways, near other vessels and on the outside of a shipping channel bend in order to minimize navigation hazards
  • Have emergency escape routes available.

Further, SIGTTO warns that for a large release of LNG close to a populated area, it may be impossible to devise a realistic contingency plan.

US Coast Guard rules regarding LNG

US Coast Guard Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 01-2011, dated January 23, 2011, describes 3 concentric ‘Zones of Concern’ around a fire caused by LNG spilled from a breached tanker. Inside these zones, according to research relied upon by the Coast Guard, dangers to the public will vary from instant death to serious burns. The outer perimeter of the 3 zones is 2.2 miles from the fire. The safety risks to citizens anywhere within these zones are not acceptable leading to the need for a minimum 2.2-mile distance between potential LNG-fire sources and populated areas.

 

Jordan Cove LNG Tanker Hazard Zones

Zone 1 (Orange) – No one is expected to survive in this zone.  Structures will self-ignite just from the heat.

Zone 2 (Purple) – People will be at risk of receiving 2nd-degree burns in 30 seconds on exposed skin in this zone.

Zone 3 (blue) – People still at risk of burns if they don’t seek shelter but exposure time is longer than Zone 2.

Map does not include the hazard zones for the South Dunes Power Plant and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.