A liquified natural gas importer announced today, it's withdrawing an application to restart trucking operations on Georgia's Elba Island. The decision by El Paso Corporation ends a two-year effort to move the hazardous fuel through the streets of Savannah, near schools, homes and hospitals.
There's no good route for trucks carrying liquefied natural gas through Savannah. That's the conclusion of a safety consultant hired to review a trucking proposal. Houston-based El Paso Corporation wants to put up to 58 trucks a day on Savannah roads.
Residents of some Savannah neighborhoods are upset over a plan to put liquefied natural gas tankers on area roadways. Houston-based El Paso Corporation has asked federal energy regulators for permission to load L-N-G at its Savannah-area ocean terminal and transport the material on roads to customers throughout the Southeast. The route would take the material near schools, homes and hospitals.