Consultant to weigh in on LNG proposal

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A town hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday night on plans to move liquefied natural gas through Savannah's city streets.

Residents will get another chance to voice their concerns. Southeast LNG has applied to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to activate a trucking operation from its Elba Island facility. The route would involve trucks hauling LNG west on the Islands Expressway, south on the Truman Parkway and west down DeRenne Avenue to Interstate 516.

The city has hired a consultant to advise the city council on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process and provide technical detail on the proposal. The consultant will make a presentation at the town hall meeting. The public can then offer their input. Savannah City Council will also be there.

The consultant said that LNG trucking has obliterated businesses along its routes in the past, it should remain far away and that the city has options including several possible regulations on routing, times, fees and bonding insurance.

The town hall meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Civic Center Ballroom.

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