ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 10, 1977
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(Studio) Government report released today says fire-fighting techniques now existing can't cope with large liquid gas fire. Threat of such fires is growing concern, with more liquid gas being shipped into United States for energy needs.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Boston, Massachusetts) Liquid gas fires in Cleveland in 1942 and in Staten Island, New York, in 1973 noted. Many companies liquefy natural gas, but few plants are as large as that of Distrigas plant in Boston, which imports liquid gas from Algeria by ship. Route of ship, en route to storage plant in Everett, Massachusetts, goes past heavily populated areas of Boston. Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor James Fay says this is dangerous because of population, should leak of gas occur and catch on fire. [FAY - noted that even if fire didn't occur there, cloud of vapor could drift ashore and ignite later.] Distrigas officials say method of moving gas through harbor safe and ships specially constructed. [Company spokesperson Bob NORTON - notes Coast Guard stops traffic. Says accident is impossible; if attention given to Titanic that is given to these ships, it might be sailing right now.] Company officials say chances of such accident as Fay suggests happening are like 1 day in 100,000 years, but safety experts note that would be of little comfort if I day turned out to be tomorrow.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart
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