Study: Proposed offshore gulf LNG terminals will have minor effects on fish populations

Several new offshore LNG terminals that have been licensed or proposed for construction in the northern Gulf of Mexico will use open-rack vaporization (ORV) or the more general open-loop vaporization (OLV) technology.1 In accordance with the Deepwater Port Act,2 as part of the LNG facilities’ licensing requirements, environmental impact statements (EIS) were issued that predicted impacts to fisheries.The central environmental issue regarding the use of OLV technology in the gulf is the potential impact on fishery stocks resulting from mortality of early-life stages of fishes (i.e., eggs and larvae, or ichthyoplankton) entrained in the seawater intakes of these facilities.3 Although ...

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