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Blast at Liquified Natural Gas Site Casts Spotlight on Industry Safety

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[New considerations on the dangers of storing LNG near to heavily populated areas, and the ability of the industry to manage its risks. *RON*]

By Joshua Schneyer, Timothy Gardner & Richard Valdmanis, Scientific American, Apr 6, 2014

(Reuters) - An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of storing massive gas supplies near population centers.

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. A…

Was Turkey Behind Syrian Sarin Attack?

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[Seymour Hersh is back at the forefront of investigative news again. Apparently, Obama nearly invaded Syria to punish Assad for a Sarin gas attack that was actually launched by Turkey with aid from Syrian extremist rebels. *RON*]

By Robert Parry, OpEdNews,4/6/2014

Last August, the Obama administration lurched to the brink of invading Syria after blaming a Sarin gas attack outside Damascus on President Bashar al-Assad's government, but new evidence -- reported by investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh -- implicates Turkish intelligence and extremist Syrian rebels instead.