Two proposed propane terminals in northwest US suffer setbacks

San Francisco: Commissioners for the Port of Longview in Washington State voted down on Tuesday a proposal for a $300m propane export terminal to be run by Haven Energy.

In making the 3-0 decision, commissioners cited concerns about safety and the economic benefits of the project.

Houston-based Haven Energy planned to purchase propane being burned off into the atmosphere at the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and transport it by pressurised rail cars to a 24-acre site in Longview. The propane would then be transferred into two refrigerated tanks capable of holding 900,000 barrels of fluid prior to shipping to Asia, Latin America and Hawaii.

Similarly, on Monday night in Portland, Oregon, citizens registered their concerns about a proposed $500m propane shipping terminal planned for the Port of Portland.

At a meeting with the Canadian company behind the project, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, residents claimed that the site, just 10 miles outside the Portland urban boundary, was too risky.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.


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