LNG, or liquefied natural gas, is a clear, odorless, noncorrosive, nontoxic liquid that is formed when natural gas is cooled to around -260 F. This shrinks the volume by about 600 times, making the resource easier to store and transport through marine shipments. LNG is not stored under pressure and is not explosive or flammable in its liquid state, and it cannot be released rapidly enough to cause overpressures associated with explosions.
LNG has been safely handled for several decades, with LNG vessels having made more than 100,000 voyages without major accidents or safety problems.
The LNG industry is highly regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies to ensure that vessels, facilities and personnel provide and deliver safe operations and transport.
Liquefied Natural Gas: Exports Primer information and charts are available below in PDF format or in high resolution versions on the Liquefied Natural Gas Exports website.
Liquefied Natural Gas: Exports - Hi-Res (May 2015)
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