Friday, January 1, 2010

Yemen LNG shipments scheduled for Boston

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday (Dec 31, 2009) he will ask Boston’s lawyers to see whether the city can block Yemeni tankers from delivering liquefied natural gas into Boston Harbor, calling such deliveries “wrong.’’ Most recent shipments have been coming from Trinidad and Egypt. In the past they have come from Abu Dhabi, Australia and Algeria.

Yemen is facing renewed scrutiny from US counter-terrorism officials. Some say LNG tankers from the country are especially worrying because of a 2004 memoir by former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, who wrote that officials had “learned that Al Qaeda operatives had been infiltrating Boston by coming in on liquid natural gas tankers from Algeria.’’

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