Port Neches explosion renews concerns over drone attacks — a new security threat to LNG tankers and ports like Corpus Christi, Texas

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OPINION AND EDITORIAL

Concerns over “death trap” communities living with the threat of massive explosions from Port operations have been renewed.  Dramatic footage of the explosion in Port Neches on November 26, 2019 has awoken the sleeping giant of ticking time bombs in local communities.

Dramatic video can be see below.

 

(CNN) An explosion rocked a chemical plant early Wednesday in Texas, causing extensive damage across the small city of Port Neches and leaving at least three employees injured.

A chemical fire continues to burn at the site, and a mandatory evacuation order has been issued within a half mile of the TPC Group plant, about 90 miles east of Houston, the Nederland Volunteer Fire Department said.

“There’s extensive damage throughout the City,” Port Neches Police Department said in a statement. “Please stay off the roads anywhere near the refineries. Obey all the barricades that are in place. We are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe and informed.”
Personnel have been evacuated from the plant, which makes products for chemical and petroleum companies, said TPC Group, which runs the Port Neches Operations site. About 13,000 people live in Port Neches, and some said their home windows were blown out by the blast.
The fire is burning a chemical called butadiene, police said. A colorless gas, butadiene is considered a health hazard, according to the US National Library of Medicine. It is made from processing petroleum and is used to make synthetic rubber and plastics.

 

DID TERRORISM PLAY A ROLE

 

One wonders if the horrible and symbolic  image of airplanes flying into the Wall Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001 will be repeated with flame thrower equipped drones flying into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) towers.

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These seem to be the questions that haunt Corpus Christi, Texas – based investigative journalist Denise Matteau, a retired housewife turned super sleuth on social media.  Ms. Matteau lives only a few miles from the nation’s largest LNG transfer point at the Port of Corpus Christi.

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Ms. Matteau has been warning various authorities for months about the possibility of a “port evacuation” or “port disruption” similar to the “dirty bomb hoax” that closed the Port of Charleston, South Carolina on June 14th, 2017.

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• LNG Tanker Adrift Off Cape Cod Needs Rescue  February 11, 2008. Coast Guard and tugboat crews rescued  a liquefied natural gas tanker crippled off Cape Cod after many hours of drifting at sea at the mercy of powerful winds and high waves.  Just 5-years-old, the fully laden LNG carrier was corraled by four tugboats about 25 miles east of Provincetown. Apparently, about 3 a.m. Monday its propulsion system shut down because of a computer malfunction according to the Coast Guard. The 933-foot Spanish-flagged LNG tanker Catalunya Spirit was heading from Trinidad to the LNG facility in Everett. 2/15/08 After several days of troubleshooting, repair specialists determined a malfunctioning boiler feed pump, which supplies water to the main propulsion boilers, caused the Catalunya Spirit’s loss of power and propulsion. Captain of the Port of Boston reviewed and approved the final repair certification presented by Lloyd’s Register and Teekay Corporation. The LNG delivery through Boston Harbor was cancelled. 

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Blast at U.S. LNG site casts spotlight on natural gas safety

The Monday incident at Williams Co Inc’s massive gas storage site is a rare safety-record blemish among the dozens of U.S. LNG plants and storage sites, including towering tanks in packed neighborhoods of New York City, and near Boston.

Energy industry experts and opponents of new LNG plants alike said it may spur debate about safe handling of gas for cities increasingly reliant on the clean-burning fuel. At least a dozen new U.S. LNG export facilities are seeking government approval, and some have faced opposition on safety grounds.

 

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131 die in Cleveland, Ohio LNG explosion

land Disaster     The very first commercial LNG facility built in the United States  in 1941, caused a major industrial accident known as the “The Cleveland Disaster.”  Where, in 1944, according to the U.S. Bureau of Mines report, LNG holding tanks failed and released their contents into the streets and sewers and their vaporous cloud ignited and fire engulfed the nearby residents and commercial establishments. LNG destroyed 79 Homes, 2 Factories, 217 Cars, 7 Trailers, Left 680 Homeless, Injured 225 and Killed 131.

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Source:  https://www.timrileylaw.com/LNG.htm

Port of Charleston and drones

It is interesting to consider that the main player behind the Port of Charleston “dirty bomb hoax” was so-called “Hollywood film maker” Jason Goodman of New York City.  Goodman was the one time Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a heavy lift drone company that flew drones over the radioactive site Chernobyl, Ukraine.

Goodman operated a bizarre conspiracy channel known as CrowdSource The Truth that created a panic over an incoming “dirty bomb” on board the MEMPHIS MAERSK, a container ship en route to the Port of Charleston.

 

To be continued…

 

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