Gulf Coast May Soon Have Steady Supply Of Natural Gas

ConocoPhilips wants to build a Liquified Natural Gas Terminal in the Gulf of Mexico, but only if they can obtain a license from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The proposed terminal would sit ten miles south of Dauphin Island in Alabama. The pipeline would run to the shore of Coden, Alabama.

Monday night Dauphin Island residents got a chance to ask a few questions about the affects of the facility. But some questions remain unanswered.

"Would there be any chance of some artifical reef?" Resident Craig Lunn asks.

Lunn has been learning all about the LNG Terminal proposal. One thing Lunn learned is that the process of cooling the natural gas includes cooling down the water surrounding the facility by 20-30 degrees.

Water temperature isn't the only thing on people's minds. Residents are also wondering where the terminal will be and how it will really affect the environment.

The terminal could be built by 2009, 11 miles south of the Island. One environmentalist group says it could affect more than just the view.

Collette King is worried because she says ConocoPhillips doesn't know how the terminal will affect the environment just yet.

ConocoPhillips officials say the studies will come out within the next few years.

But King says they should wait to find out the results before they build or they will make a big mistake in the future.

"The environmental safety and the environmental concern has been a sellout here in Alabama in the last five to ten years when it comes to the oil industry. Environmentally we are going to hell in a hand basket in a hurry," King says.