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Phila. City Council Firm in Opposition to Natural Gas Terminal

by KYW's Mike Dunn

February 16, 2006

City Council Thursday signaled its opposition to PGW's controversial plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Port Richmond.

By a 12-to-2 vote, City Council approved a non-binding resolution stating firm opposition to the plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal.

Councilman Frank DiCicco says residents of the river wards fear that LNG tankers would be targets of terrorists:

"Thereís a fear out there, fear of the unknown, fear in the community of a possible terrorist attack."

One of the two "no" votes was from Councilman Michael Nutter, who said any votes should wait until the matter is heard in a public hearing:

"We have basically said that we donít even want to consider something that most of us donít know anything about."

Council hearings could come after PGW strikes a deal with a firm to serve as operator.

PGW says the LNG terminal could help bring costs down for all customers in the city.


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