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Bowdoin to Host LNG Conference July 29

Story posted July 16, 2004

An all-day conference examining the issues surrounding liquefied natural gas (LNG) and LNG terminals will be held Thursday, July 29, in Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union, on the Bowdoin College campus.

Experts on energy supply and demand, LNG terminal design, safety and environmental issues, navigational and economic impacts, gas delivery infrastructure, and legal matters surrounding terminal siting will be on hand to address the many sides of LNG terminal operations.

The first morning session will examine LNG terminal infrastructure and operations, and the differences between onshore and offshore terminals. The speakers will be Michelle Michot Foss, executive director of the Institute for Energy, Law and Enterprise at the University of Houston; and Rob Bryngelson, vice president of Excelerate Energy, a Texas company that builds LNG terminals.

The second morning session will examine supply, demand, and economic impacts of the natural gas market. The speakers will be Matthew Simmons, president of Simmons Company of Houston and an expert on the current state of the world's energy supplies; Washington, D.C.-based energy expert Robin West of PSC Energy; Beth Nagusky of the Maine Energy office; and Maine State Economist Laurie LaChance, who will examine state and regional impacts.

The first afternoon session will address the issues of siting LNG terminals, safety, and the environment. Speakers include lawyer Seth Kaplan of the Conservation Law Foundation; Phani K. Raj, president of Technology and Management Systems, Inc.; Mark Prescott of the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Operating and Environmental Standards; and Robin Alden, former commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

The final session will look at the legal and regulatory framework for siting LNG terminals. Speakers will be John Duff from the University of Maine Law School; Tim Timmerman from the Boston regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency; and John Scnagel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The conference will conclude with an open forum, "Where Do We Go From Here?", moderated by Richard Barringer, research professor of public policy and management at USM's Muskie School of Public Service.

All sessions will include a question and answer period with the speakers.

The conference is open to the public free of charge, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $7 per person.

Pre-registration is recommended. To register or for more information go online to

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