SEA\LNG submits open comment on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement for Puget Sound LNG facility
SEA\LNG recently submitted a letter to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency in response to its draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), relating to the LNG facility at the Port of Tacoma, and LNG’s use as a maritime fuel. The draft SEIS is an extension of the Air and Cumulative Impact sections related to greenhouse gas emissions in the “Final Environmental Impact Statement” (FEIS) issued by the City of Tacoma.
The purpose of SEA\LNG’s letter is to provide insight into the national and international importance of shipping, the maritime industry’s effort to reduce its environmental impact, and the role Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plays in helping to clean the air we all breathe.
Many among the general public do not realise that roughly 90 percent of global trade is transported by ships, nor that ships provide the most cost and energy efficient means of transport. Due to the scale of their carriage capacity, there is no better transport solution from an efficiency or an environmental standpoint.
As the SEIS notes, the use of LNG will “result in an overall decrease in GHG emissions in the Puget Sound Region” and “the greater the replacement with petroleum-based fuels with LNG, the greater the overall reductions in GHG emissions”. Combined with the superior air quality benefits LNG is known to deliver, the proposed action is a highly beneficial step forward for the Puget Sound region.