People in Pascagoula and Gautier hope to get answers about a new industry trying to set up shop in Jackson County. Gulf LNG Energy wants to put a liquid natural gas terminal near Bayou Cassotte.
A 95-acre lot near the South end on the Port of Pascagoula's property on Bayou Cassotte could, one day, be the future home of Gulf LNG's newest liquid natural gas terminal.
"You'd pump the LNG off the ships, store it in low pressure insulated tanks and when the demand arises you'd pump it out of those tanks, heat it back into a natural gas and put it into the pipeline," says Wayne Christian with Gulf LNG.
Several existing pipelines are already in place near the site, but plans to build the terminal where the LNG will be stored are still in the pre-permitting phase. Part of the process is informing the public about the plans.
"Advise them as to what LNG is. Answer any questions or concerns they may have."
Christian says there are many misconceptions about liquid natural gas operations. He hopes the public meetings will put worries to rest.
"As a liquid, it's never been shown to either ignite or explode and that's one of the big misconceptions about it," says Christian. "LNG is one of the safest fuels you can transport and use in a liquid form."
If a spill were to occur, Christian says the LNG would vaporize almost immediately. In vapor form, natural gas is odorless and non-toxic, but combustible. Christians says the chances of an explosion are remote.
"Natural gas, unconfined, will not explode. But if you confine it within a space and have the right mixture of oxygen and an ignition source, it would explode," says Christian.
The proposed terminal site is almost two miles from any residential area. Gulf LNG hopes to get the permit approval it needs and the approval of people in Jackson County.