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LNG Disaster Movie Makes Case

Documentary film “The Risks and Danger of LNG” now previewing at and was reviewed by one of the most respected newspapers in the oil and gas industry. said, “Disaster movie makes case.” Film producers Tim Riley and Hayden Riley, with permission, republish the entire review.

Review of Documentary Film
May 5, 2005

Disaster movie makes case

The Rileys wrote, directed and financed the documentary film "The Risks and Danger of LNG," which was named an Official Selection of the Malibu Film Festival and had its premiere last September, writes Dann Rogers

The couple spent a year researching the project. They say coastal communities throughout North America are being targeted by the energy industry for building dozens of large, vulnerable and dangerous LNG facilities.

They made the film to alert the public to what they describe as the imminent perils of LNG by demonstrating its vulnerability to accidental disaster, terrorism, and how massive its destruction can be to coastal communities.

“We are trying to prevent a catastrophe, so it was fitting that our film would find its world premiere in Malibu because that coastal haven is currently being threatened by two LNG facility proposals.”

The filmmakers say the energy industry uses its tremendous economic resources to promote its LNG agenda through endless press releases, newswires and commercials, which routinely minimise the hazards.

“We felt we had to make the film to offset the energy industry's relentless spin and to vividly demonstrate to the public the actual perils of LNG by exposing its true volatility and danger to our American communities.

“The industry tries to dismiss us as part of the Nimby (not-in-my-backyard) crowd, to which we reply that America is our backyard and we want to protect the entire country,” says Tim.

The film provides a historical perspective of the first LNG disaster, when gas from an LNG tank leaked into sewers in Cleveland, Ohio and exploded, killing 128 people in 1944.

It also covers the Algerian LNG disaster of January 2004, which killed 27 workers, blew out windows and caused fires miles away, resulting in approximately $1 billion of property damage.

The early buyers of the film were the supermajors but that has since expanded to include public relations companies, safety specialists, community groups where LNG plants have been proposed, and physicians.

Customers include people from virtually every state in the US as well as Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Japan.

“Currently, there are no offshore LNG importation facilities anywhere on Earth. But if energy companies have their way, there will be two untried and untested facilities right off our precious California coastline impacting Santa Monica, Malibu, Oxnard, Ventura, Montecito and Santa Barbara, turning those beautiful coastal communities into LNG guinea-pigs,” co-producer Hayden Riley claims.

The film highlights the City of Oxnard's Environmental Impact Report from 1977, which was instrumental in that city council rejecting an LNG facility application 28 years ago.

The report determined 70,000 casualties could result from an offshore LNG tanker accident but none of the risk assessments even considered acts of sabotage or terrorism.

The Rileys also appeared as LNG experts before the Malibu City Council in May of last year at the request of member Pamela Conley-Ulich. Their support of her resolution opposing both offshore LNG proposals helped pass it unanimously.

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