Advocates Request Meeting with Broward County Commissioners on FL LNG Transport, Citing New Research

New fact sheet details the significant safety risks associated with Florida’s “bomb train” experiment

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Climate and Energy

For Immediate Release

Today, the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch issued a letter to the Broward County Commissioners to request a meeting on dangerous liquified fracked gas (LNG) transport and the nascent “bomb train” experiment occurring along Florida’s East Coast. The meeting request followed initial communications with the Broward County Commissioners and the Port Everglades Director urging a halt to transport of hazardous LNG through the county for Port export.

New research, Playing With Fire: Fracked Gas Transport in Florida, released today by Food & Water Watch underscores the dangers of regional LNG transportation. The fact sheet also includes the first map ever shown to the public about the potential routes LNG is traveling through the County by both truck and rail.

Advocates are requesting a meeting with the Broward County Commissioners to discuss the specific manner of LNG transport through the county, the specific routes by which LNG travels through Broward County, and the necessity of an adequate risk assessment by public safety authorities. 

Food & Water Watch Southern Region Deputy Director Michelle Allen released the following statement:

“Our recent communications with Port Everglades have raised more questions than answers. Not only is liquefied fracked gas (LNG) a danger to our climate, it is also a danger to our communities. In attempting to assuage our concerns about the hazardous transport of LNG through Broward County for export at the Port, the Director’s letter made clear that those tasked with keeping Floridians safe are not fully aware of the threat LNG poses to the county.

“Citizens should not have to rely on public records requests to uncover the truth about these projects. We request a meeting with the Broward County Commissioners to discuss the dangers of LNG transport in the county. Ultimately, we urge the Commissioners to launch a public investigation into this issue and halt all transport of LNG at Port Everglades.”

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]