Public can weigh in on LNG proposal

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - On Monday night, the public has one more chance to have their voices heard about liquefied natural gas being transported across Savannah.

A town hall meeting starts at 7 p.m. the civic center's ballroom and will go until about 9 p.m.

Southern LNG wants to truck liquefied natural gas from Elba Island to be distributed throughout the southeast. The proposed route is what's causing a great deal of concern among residents.

LNG trucks would head down President Street onto the Truman Parkway to DeRenne and then onto Interstate 516.

Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson says the concern isn't all about the route but rather the volume of traffic and danger involved.

"I guess the route is secondary because if they get the approval then we will have to try to find the safest route through our community. That's the issue - a safe route through the community. The best thing would be not to come through the community at all," Johnson said.

Many Savannah residents who feel the same way. They will get a chance to voice their opinions at the  meeting.

Officials with the federal and state department of transportation will be on hand. El Paso and Southern LNG are expected to attend as well.

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