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The National Trial Lawyers Announces Tim
Riley as One of Its Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers
is pleased to announce that Tim
Riley of the Law Office of Tim Riley in
Carlsbad has been selected for
inclusion into its Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Southern
California, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior
skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive
organization is by invitation only, and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in
each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved
outstanding results in their careers in either civil plaintiff or criminal
The National Trial Lawyers
is a professional organization
comprised of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who have
demonstrated exceptional qualifications in their area of the law, specifically
criminal defense or civil plaintiff law. The National Trial Lawyers
provides accreditation to these distinguished attorneys, and also provides
essential legal news, information, and continuing education to trial lawyers
across the United States.
With the selection of Tim
Riley by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, Mr. Riley has shown
that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial
results as a trial lawyer. The selection process for this elite honor is based
on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third
party research. As The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an essential
source of networking and information for trial attorneys throughout the nation,
the final result of the selection process is a credible and comprehensive list
of the most outstanding trial lawyers chosen to represent their state or region.
Contact: Andrew Findley
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Daily Journal, Los Angeles
Satisfaction Fighting for the Underdog
The Los Angeles daily law journal published a Litigator Profile featuring Tim
Riley after he won a multi-million dollar jury verdict, including punitive
damages, against an insurance company who had treated his clients unfairly.
are quotes from the Litigator Profile heading, 'What Other
About this Attorney'
Supreme Court Justice Markus M. Kaufman,
retired, described Riley as a ‘sensational, conscientious and skilled
attorney.’ ‘I can't say enough about him.’
Judge Kaufman reviewed an appeal by Riley: ‘He had insight into
issues that interested the court and knew how to present them.’ ”
A. Van Riper of Campion, Rodolff & Van Riper,
Santa Ana, a former student of Riley's at Pepperdine University School of Law,
described Riley as a ‘powerful speaker. When he talks, people
listen... he is a very credible man.’ Van
Riper praised Riley as ‘an excellent professor’ who is able to ‘simplify
difficult and complex concepts. This probably accounts for [Riley's]
success as a trial attorney.’ ”
A. Maranga of Garcia, Emmons, Maranga & Morgenstern has tried several cases against Riley. He described
Riley as being ‘tenacious.’ Riley ‘never lets up and is always a
challenge... When you go up against him you know he is not going to miss
anything.’ He also noted that
Riley has the ‘rare ability in our business to be able to lock horns with
someone and then have an amicable relationship afterwards.’ ”
Gooding of Pearman & Wilson,
is a defense attorney who retained Riley to handle a personal matter. Riley ‘is
an excellent trial lawyer... highly principled, ethical, charming and
articulate.’ ‘He's a heck of
a guy and thinks fast on his feet.’ ”
FOX TV Military and Terrorism Analyst
Praises LNG Film The Risks and Danger
Military and terrorism analyst for FOX 25 TV, Boston.
Colonel David Gavigan, a nationally and internationally recognized specialist in
terrorism, praises filmmakers Tim and Hayden Riley and their film, The Risks and
Danger of LNG.
"Let me start by congratulating you both on the outstanding DVD I just received
entitled The Risks and Danger of LNG. This has to be an award winner. When I
watched the film it gave me more insight into the dangers that communities face
by the greed of large companies to site dangerous materials in populated areas.
I feel that your work should set an example for others who wish to protect the
public. The detail in your film of the dangers of LNG should leave no doubt in
anyone's mind that we are facing a crisis when an LNG facility is sited in
populated areas. It should be mandatory for every first responder to view this
Forbes, NY -
Boston Globe -
International Business Times, NY
LNG Plants Rising
to Meet Energy Demand
Tim Riley, a lawyer
and consumer advocate based in Oxnard Shores, Calif., said not enough is known
about the potential hazards of an LNG spill for the government to be able to
continue licensing terminals safely. "The sheer volume is what makes it
eminently dangerous," said Riley, co-producer of a film called "The Risks and
Danger of LNG."
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
California dreaming draws flak for BHP
"With billions of
export dollars at stake, Macfarlane, Woodside and BHP have suddenly discovered
the dangers of underestimating the power of California's environmental lobby."
Riley, a lawyer who lives by the beach in Oxnard Shores and works in Malibu, has
helped lead a movement in actively opposing the project. While
some citizens have organised rallies, Riley has used his multimedia talents to
spur opposition. With his wife, Hayden, Riley made an anti-LNG film and set up a
website, www.LngDanger.com, to warn others against the perceived hazards of LNG."
Disaster movie makes case
by Dann Rogers
Rileys wrote, directed and financed the documentary film "The Risks and Danger
of LNG," which was named an Official Selection of the Malibu Film Festival and
had its premiere last September.
couple spent a year researching the project. They say coastal communities
throughout North America are being targeted by the energy industry for building
dozens of large, vulnerable and dangerous LNG facilities.
They made the film to
alert the public to what they describe as the imminent perils of LNG by
demonstrating its vulnerability to accidental disaster, terrorism, and how
massive its destruction can be to coastal communities.
'We are trying to
prevent a catastrophe, so it was fitting that our film would find its world
premiere in Malibu because that coastal haven is currently being threatened by
two LNG facility proposals.'
The filmmakers say
the energy industry uses its tremendous economic resources to promote its LNG
agenda through endless press releases, newswires and commercials, which
routinely minimise the hazards.
'We felt we had to
make the film to offset the energy industry's relentless spin and to vividly
demonstrate to the public the actual perils of LNG by exposing its true
volatility and danger to our American communities.'
The early buyers of
the film were the supermajors but that has since expanded to include public
relations companies, safety specialists, community groups where LNG plants have
been proposed, and physicians.
Customers include people from virtually every state in the US as well as Canada,
Mexico, the Bahamas, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, France, the
Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Japan."
As LNG Imports
Soar, Safety Concerns Are Hotly Debated
YORK (Dow Jones) -- Surging U.S. imports of liquefied natural gas are facing a
public backlash over the safety of the huge tankers used to transport the fuel.
such a tremendous source of destruction that they don't need a bomb," said Tim
Riley, a lawyer in Oxnard Shores, Calif., who has been a vocal critic of plans
to build an LNG receiving terminal near his community.
Plan for Gas Platform
Government officials are urged to reject a proposed facility off the Ventura
Riley, an Oxnard attorney who has rallied LNG opponents through a website
devoted to the issue, sounded the same theme. He pointed to the January blast at
an Algerian LNG plant that killed 27, and to the 1944 LNG explosion that
decimated downtown Cleveland and caused 128 deaths.
does not harmlessly evaporate into the sky, as I hear ad nauseam in press
releases," he said. "It can become an inferno and incinerate communities."
being presented with a guinea-pig project," he said. "What's going to happen 10
years from now? Will they say, 'Oops! We made a mistake!' ?"
also objected to the Coast Guard being given the responsibility for determining
the project's safety — especially from terrorism.
between a rock and a hard place," he told Joe Angelo, the Coast Guard's director
of standards. "No American military person will ever admit they can't protect
Guard stretched thin, and it's about to get worse
“I think it’s
assuming too much that the Coast Guard itself is going to come out and say
‘Sorry folks, we can’t protect you,’” said Tim Riley, an attorney who has spent
the last five years investigating the dangers of liquefied natural gas. “The
Coast Guard has had difficulty meeting its own self-imposed requirements for
security,” the GAO report said. “We have started focusing on protecting air
travel,” Riley added. “But yet our harbors are very, very risky right now. We
should shore it all up before major tragedies start happening in the country.”
on gas plant
tested a nuclear bomb," said Tim Riley, a California attorney who with his
wife produced a film, The Risks and Danger of LNG, based in part on a study
that offers the direst predictions. Riley, whose film has been viewed by
elected officials and more than a dozen community groups in the Baltimore
area, argues that no more LNG projects should be approved until the facilities
can be proved safe. "Until a large-spill test of LNG is done," he says, "we're
just shooting in the dark."
are also interested in obtaining usage rights to the film for public
screenings must contact the Law Office of Tim Riley at 805-984-2350 for terms
UK Parliament Official Record
UK Parliament, House of
evidence on LNG explosions is legion. Tim Riley’s documentary film, 'The Risks
and Dangers of LNG', and the 2003 Californian study predicting up to 70,000
casualties from an LNG accident or terrorist attack, graphically set out the
Debate of Bill seeking
to improve protection for communities across Britain from the new development of
potentially dangerous industrial sites.
(Location of Hazardous Sites)
15 Jan 2008
UK Parliament Official Record
UK Parliament, House of
“For the sceptical,
there is ample evidence of major LNG fire incidents—for instance, in the USA. As
a result of their experience, no such plant is allowed in America within miles
of residential homes. An American documentary film, 'The Risks and Dangers of
LNG' by Tim Riley, covers many aspects of the dangers of LNG, including the
history of accidents, the environmental impact, spills and vapour clouds, and
the terrorist implications in relation to LNG tanks, tankers and pipelines.”
[Debate over Liquefied
Natural Gas (Canvey Island)
20 Nov 2006 Columns 383, 384]
Star, Washington DC Bureau
could take over LNG siting
criticize bill's wording on liquefied natural gas facilities
WASHINGTON -- It's three paragraphs in a 1,600-page document, but critics warn
that it could have far-reaching consequences for state and local governments
fighting liquefied natural gas facilities like those proposed off the coast of
Language buried deep in a massive federal spending bill that Congress approved
last week says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can pre-empt states on
the permitting and siting of LNG facilities.
Riley, an Oxnard Shores attorney who produced the documentary "The Risks and
Danger of LNG," called the language a "midnight attempt to federally fast-track
LNG siting" and "a blatant effort to usurp state and local control."
"Inclusion of this language is another reason I am glad I voted against this
omnibus spending bill," said Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara. "This provision
shows total disregard for state and local control over the siting of LNG
terminals in our communities and their potential effect on ratepayers."
Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., also voted against the bill and "is exploring all of
her options to overturn this heavy-handed federal government power grab," said
her spokesman, David Sandretti.
expansion plans approved
film coming next month. The Coastal Group of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra
Club plans to screen
"The Risks and Dangers of LNG".
Produced by Hayden and Tim Riley, who are consumer protection advocates from
Oxnard Shores, Calif., the film demonstrates the perils of LNG and its
vulnerability to accidents and terrorism. "This is the film that LNG
proponents don't want you to see," says Tim Riley on his Web site,
LNG opponents to show documentary on fuel dangers
"Opponents of a proposal to put a liquefied natural gas offloading facility in
the middle of Mount Hope Bay are trying to raise concerns about the project
with a showing of the video
Risks & Dangers of LNG". The 45-minute video is
being billed by the Kickemuit River Council and Warren Councilman Joseph
DePasquale as "the film Weaver's Cove and Hess [Corporation] don't want you to
see," a reference to the two developers of the project. Produced by two
consumer protection advocates from Oxnard Shores, California, the video was
made to demonstrate LNG's vulnerability to accidental disaster and terrorism.
It also tries to show that a tanker breach could produce massive destruction
to our coastal communities."
Trinidad & Tobago,
The anti-LNG lobby in the north By The Trinidad Express
The anti LNG
lobby has been building up the pressure against establishment of new
terminals, particularly in densely populated coastal communities.
One of the
most vocal opponents of LNG is attorney Tim Riley, (timrileylaw.com). Riley
and his wife have produced an anti-LNG film which they claim the industry does
not want people to see. The film purports to expose the "danger that is LNG".
California import hub sunk by public opposition
by DANN RODGERS
California power producer
Calpine last week withdrew plans to build an LNG import terminal in Eureka
City near San Francisco due to "insufficient community support" in a move that
further energized growing opposition to the projects on the US Atlantic and
Pacific coasts, observers said,
It was the second
cancellation attributed to the 'Nimby' (Not in my back yard) factor in a week,
following the rejection of a proposal from ConocoPhillips and TransCanada by
the residents of Harpswell,
It also marks the sixth cancellation of an LNG import terminal project in the
US over the past 18 months.
“Harpswell on the East Coast
on the West Coast are obvious cases in point proving that anti-LNG sentiment
is not localized to any particular region," said public safety advocate Tim
Riley who hosts a national anti-LNG website at TimRileyLaw.com.
"Hits on my website are
worldwide and constantly increasing and the more people visit to learn about
the risks of LNG, the more they are against it.
"The opposition just keeps
growing and we expect the announcement of a California-wide, formidable
anti-LNG coalition by the end of the month to oppose the three remaining
projects," said Riley.
plot battle to block liquefied natural gas plans
Among those attending
were representatives of the Sierra Club, the Environment Defense Fund and the
Natural Resources Defense Council.
Oxnard attorney Tim
Riley, a leading opponent of the local proposals and a critic of the LNG
industry nationwide, was at the meeting Monday.
Riley agreed that it
is essential for opponents to educate the public about the nature of the
proposed operations and the potential for accidents.
"The more people
learn about it, the more the groundswell of opposition grows and grows," he
said. "I have to trust in the intelligence of the people. So far, they're only
hearing about this issue from the energy industry's side."
'David' takes on the energy
by Dann Rogers
Tim and Hayden Riley of Oxnard Shores in southern California say they initially
came to challenge proposals for new LNG import facilities throughout North
America because they did not want their slice of paradise compromised. That
effort eventually grew to include the US West Coast, then North America and then
the entire western hemisphere.
"There was minimal non-corporate
information about LNG available so I decided I had to dig it up and counter the
claims of the energy industry who present it as a saviour of the North American
To that end, he has suspended his
lucrative and celebrated legal career for the past two years and spent the
majority of almost every day leading the campaign against bringing LNG to the
"We see it as a David
versus Goliath battle but that is the nature of being a lawyer who represents
people in their battles with large insurance companies who try to cheat their
customers from collecting claims after they have paid premiums for years and
years." He says he came to sympathise with the underdog at a young age because
his father was injured in a car accident that left one side of his body
"My dad was mocked
and taken advantage of, so I do not like bullies because I have seen the
mistreatment they can inflict."
"That experience drew
me to tort law and to help vulnerable people regain part of their lives. Some
95% of our practice is representing the underdog and now we are focusing on
warning people about the perils of an LNG disaster before it happens."
Ventura County Star
Oxnard lawyer challenges big industry on dangers
Tim Riley is
a marked man. Operators of a liquefied natural gas plant in Everett, Mass.,
not only know of the Oxnard lawyer leading the charge against LNG but have
watched his video that shows a plane flying into a tanker in a manipulated
image of terrorism. Industry representatives in Louisiana, Texas, California
and anywhere else there's LNG know he argues that a vapor fire could extend at
least 30 miles and, in areas like Ventura County, could kill 70,000 people.
Riley's supporters, including former Oxnard Mayor Manny Lopez, credit him with
challenging big industry by hammering home the contention that no one knows
what could happen if a tanker or terminal spilled millions of gallons of
cryogenic liquefied gas.
Council unanimously voted to oppose the two proposed LNG projects last
asked the standing-room-only crowd if some individuals would give-up their 3
min. speaking time to afford the Council the opportunity to view the film The
Risks and Danger of LNG, presented by Tim Riley and Hayden
Riley. Enough people allocated their time, and the film was shown in its
LNG Facility North of Malibu Is 'Strongly' Opposed
Acts After Critics Challenge Its Silence
The Malibu City Council
unanimously went on the record this week “strongly opposing,” the proposed
Liquefied Natural Gas deep water ports proposed off the coast of Malibu.
Oxnard resident Tim Riley,
who has been an outspoken critic of LNG facilities, said the port planned 14
miles off Malibu’s coastline would be three football fields long, 12 stories
high and could hold up to 33 million gallons of LNG which is equal to 20
billion gallons of natural gas. “The energy is the equivalent of 55 Hiroshima
bombs,” he said.
Upon prompting from Conley
Ulich, Riley noted the liability of the energy companies in the event of a
disaster is limited by federal law to a $350 million ceiling.
Councilmember Jeff Jennings
asked about the future of LNG if the necessary facilities were turned down.
Riley countered that LNG is a fossil fuel and that most of it comes from other
“We will be further
manipulated by foreign entities,” he added, insisting the nation should not be
spending billions of dollars on LNG facilities, but rather concentrate on
using scarce dollars to develop renewable energy sources.
Liability law 'stacked in favour
By Dann Rogers
Opponents of two proposed import terminals off the coast of California claim
existing US maritime laws protect the owners of LNG carriers and the deep-water
ports at the expense of local residents in the event of a disaster.
According to the Limitation of Vessel Owners Liability Act, the liability of the
owner of an LNG carrier is limited to the value of the vessel and its cargo
contents remaining after a serious incident occurs.
"Ironically, the more damage that occurs to the vessel and its cargo, the lower
the liability for the vessel owner," said Tim Riley, a consumer protection
advocate in California who hosts a Website for groups opposed to LNG projects.
The Deepwater Ports Act, which was originally created to deal with clean-up
costs resulting from oil spills, limits liability of operators to $350 million.
"That limit is outdated and would be a mere pittance of the actual damages that
could result from a potential LNG disaster caused by either accident, natural
occurrence or act of terrorism," said Riley.
"The cost of massive wrongful death claims, serious burn victim claims, medical
costs, loss of earnings, destruction of expensive coastal homes, cars, stores
full of inventory, along with ruined community infrastructure would run into
billions of dollars," he said.
"These LNG proponents boast that it is a safe technology and not a likely
terrorist target. They should put their money where their mouth is and waive the
current limit on financial liability."
He is also advocating that a civil cause of action for any and all damages
resulting from whatever cause, originating or emanating from an LNG deep-water
port or vessel, should be one of strict liability.
The strict liability standard would make port and carrier operators or owners
financially responsible regardless of fault.
Under such a system, a person injured would only need to show that the storage,
processing or transport of LNG at sea was a causal factor in the injury,
irrespective of who is to blame.
"Claimants need only prove causation of injury rather than proof of fault," said
Riley. "It is time for America to look in the mirror and recognise that the
current laws protect foreign interests and importers of LNG while at the same
time exposing US citizens to devastation without adequate recourse for
Times-Review Newspapers, NY
How safe is
Opponents of gas facilities sound an alert
We are not alone.
natural gas facility proposed off the coast of Riverhead Town is one of about
40 LNG projects proposed nationally and one of at least 10 under consideration
in the Northeast, although the local proposal is one of only about four
projects that would be located offshore.
And with the
recent onslaught of liquid natural gas (LNG) proposals have come critics.
no offshore facilities anywhere," said Tim Riley, a California attorney who's
been leading the charge against LNG plants in his state and nationally.
ours are the guinea pigs," he said, referring to the Broadwater proposals and
a proposal to put a floating LNG terminal 14 miles offshore in the Santa
Barbara channel in California.
has a website (www.timrileylaw.com) devoted to the fight against LNG plants
and has even produced a documentary called "The Risks and Dangers of LNG."
Ventura County Star
Environmental report says danger from proposed natural
gas port low
The chances of a major accident at a proposed liquefied
natural gas port off Oxnard's coast are very low, according to an environmental
report released this week by three state and federal agencies.
Oxnard lawyer Tim Riley, an outspoken critic of the
proposals, said Thursday that the BHP project should be shelved.
The report "provides no surprises on its way to
fast-track approval of the ultra-hazardous, guinea-pig LNG project,"
Riley said in a statement. "We all must impress upon Gov. Schwarzenegger to
timely veto both the BHP and Crystal LNG projects, which he has the legal
authority to do.
"He can protect us and our multibillion dollar tourism industry, or he can
permit the industrialization of our precious coastline and beaches as billions
of American dollars get exported to Australia. The governor must decide what he
wants his legacy to be."
Turns as LNG Protests Grow
Industry is forced into rethink as opposition
grows... By Dann Rogers
Alabama lawyers are also going to sue the Port Authority to stop the sale of the
property on the grounds that it is being undersold,’ says California personal
injury lawyer Tim Riley, whose website TimRileyLaw.com is an unofficial US
chatroom for anti-LNG campaigners.
public hearings, he talks of a catastrophic LNG future filled with mass
destruction and death as the super-cooled natural gas is ignited by either
accident, negligence or a terrorist act.
the construction of nuclear energy plants on our beaches could be worse for all
the communities from Santa Barbara to Malibu,’ says Riley on his website.
get by without the new LNG terminals if there is better regulation and penalties
for the manipulation of the energy trading markets to artificially raise prices
as was done a few years ago. I think things will be a lot better off for
everybody without them,’ he says.
Los Angeles Business Journal
Worries Restrict Access to Liquid Gas Plans
Security regulations adopted by the federal government after 9/11 are
restricting the public’s access to information about proposed liquefied natural
gas terminals across the state and nation, including in Long Beach and off the
critics say the government’s regulations underscore the danger of the
facilities. They also fear too much information will be restricted, a concern
state and local officials share.
it’s so unsafe and dangerous that we can’t have access to the information, then
it’s outrageous that they would consider putting them in our residential areas,”
said Tim Riley, an Oxnard attorney and anti-LNG activist.
think they want to restrict anything that really lets us know how dangerous it
is,” he said.
Industry opponents have a field day
By Dann Rodgers
Opponents of LNG import projects in the US have wasted no time in pointing to
last week's tragedy in Algeria as highlighting safety concerns about such
Algerian explosion destroyed more than an LNG facility -- it destroyed the
industry myth that LNG is safe," said consumer protection advocate Tim Riley,
who hosts the website TimRileyLaw.com that documents what he sees as the dangers
of the fuel.
simply, LNG is too damn dangerous and the energy industry has always known it.
The American communities facing LNG proposals have listened to the LNG 'safety
spin' but have now heard the explosive truth, galvanizing opposition.
"The blast was felt around the world and serves as a wake-up call to private
investors, financial institutions and insurance carriers who would risk major
losses from another inevitable LNG disaster," Riley declared.
The Tribune, The
LNG explosion prompts new
opposition to plant
Earlier this year, American
environmentalists Tim and Hayden Riley came to Nassau to protest against an LNG
facility being established in the Bahamas. They were due to speak at a town
meeting that was postponed and never rescheduled.
In an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Tim Riley said: “The Bahamian people should no longer
consider taking the risks of an LNG disaster for the benefit of Florida. The
energy industry referring to the Nigerian disaster as a mere “supply hiccup” is
a clear example of complete disregard for human life, safety and the
environment. “The recent Nigerian LNG pipeline explosion and fire engulfing 27
square kilometers is another horrifying example of why the Bahamas should reject
all LNG proposals,” Mr Riley said. “They see disaster and human suffering as a
mere cost of doing business which gets in the way of making more profits,” he
Palm Beach Post
Florida pipeline plan considered
The problem with LNG is
twofold, opponents say.
In the first place, using
another fossil fuel only puts off developing alternative, renewable sources of
energy. Increasing amounts of LNG will need to be imported, just like with oil.
"It's going to make us more
vulnerable and manipulated," said
Tim Riley, an
outspoken consumer protection attorney in California and activist who has
devoted much of his Web site, timrileylaw.com, to the hazards of natural gas
"Countries are going to create
their own LNG OPEC, and that would stop the research and development of American
energy resources," he said.
Secondly, there's the
increasingly familiar black cloud of terrorism. LNG terminals and lines could
become targets for those wishing to launch a deadly assault on American soil.
"When you deal with LNG, they
don't even have to bring in a bomb, they merely have to provide the trigger,"
mounts against offshore plants
“According to Tim Riley, an Oxnard-based attorney who has concerns regarding the
dangers posed by LNG terminals, the bottom line is that “the danger is in the
massive quantity of this dangerous gas in one place.”
believes that offshore LNG terminals are potentially more dangerous than onshore
terminals. “In terms of offshore, LNG is far more dangerous in water than on
land,” he asserted.
explained there is no way to confine an offshore spill and prevailing winds,
which is typical in the vicinity of an ocean, will exacerbate the situation, he
said. “As I read old [U.S.] Bureau of Mines reports and Coast Guard reports,
they are mindful that vapor fumes will drift with the wind. The water source is
going to act as a huge boiling space until it reaches an ignition source” that
would most likely be on land, Riley noted.”
argued that Platform Grace would be a safety hazard as it was situated “in
unprotected seas where there could be gale force winds and tremendous current.”
He also pointed out that with a floating platform, both the platform and ship
would be moving with the water as LNG is being unloaded, thus increasing the
chances of a potential accident. “These offshore LNG terminal projects are
untried and unproven. LNG is far too dangerous for trial and error,” Riley said.
Renewable energy is the way to go, he added.”
The Malibu Times
Riley, a consumer protection advocate and personal injury lawyer from Oxnard,
stated in an Aug. 24 column
for the Ventura County Star, 'LNG facilities, tankers and pipelines are
vulnerable to major industrial accidents, earthquakes and terrorism, and they
would pose realistic danger to our community. Tankers are approximately 950 feet
long ... they hold 20 billion gallons of natural gas. Release of that enormous
volume of gas would provide devastating power for mass destruction.'"
News - Malibu, CA
Slams LNG Science and Says Experts Can’t Assess Disaster Potential
Oxnard anti-LNG film producer Tim Riley said, “The GAO study shows the federal
scientists are finally admitting that they do not know what the effects of
millions of gallons of cryogenically-chilled liquid on a ship’s decks will be.
We’ve been saying all along it would make the ship’s skin peel like a banana,
and now they say they agree that more study has to be done." Riley, an Oxnard
Shores attorney, said the GAO study says the same thing that he was labeled an
“extremist” for bringing up three years ago. “ And there are a lot of additional
questions raised by the study, like who were the scientists who were
interviewed?” he said. “A lot of those people may work for the LNG industry as
safety consultants.” Riley said the GAO study shows “an ever-changing worst-case
scenario” and said Malibu residents cannot rest assured that the
permanently-anchored Cabrillo Port would stay put in an emergency. “BHP Billiton
has a proven record of failure in that department, one of its natural gas
terminals that was supposedly hurricane-proof came loose in a hurricane and
traveled 200 kilometers (124 miles) upside down,” he said. “There is nothing to
stop an LNG leak from snapping those anchors, and the wind from blowing that
facility onto the shore."
Star - CA, USA
Report tells risks of LNG attacks
In calling for further research on LNG safety, the government report points out
that previous studies have been based on inconsistent computer models instead of
factual data, said Oxnard Shores attorney Tim Riley. "We've been saying this for
years," said Riley, who produced a documentary on the dangers of LNG. "Our
detractors try to call us fearmongers. I think they are going to be hard-pressed
to call the GAO fearmongers. We've just been asking for reasonable prudence and
urging more testing. We are glad to see the (government) officials are finally
in agreement." LNG facilities that are awaiting government approval should be
put on hold until additional research is completed, Riley said.
First of Two Area LNG Projects Accepted by Feds
Neither project sits well with
some environmentalists, like Oxnard attorney Tim Riley, who is gearing up to
battle an LNG terminal 13 miles west of his Oxnard Shores home. "This is a
guinea pig project that is going to be twice as close to Oxnard as the BHP
Billiton one," he said. "It will have two LNG tankers at it so it will be at
least twice as dangerous, so we all need to team together as with BHP Billiton
and work twice as hard." said Riley.
The Nassau Guardian
Miller: PI would be hit first
disagrees that LNG tanker would be terrorist target
has been a staunch proponent of bringing a LNG regassification plant to The
Bahamas, was speaking during a question and answer period of a meeting between
a government delegation, Cat Cay and Bimini residents, local media,
environmentalists and anti-LNG lobbyists. Prime Minister Perry Christie had
requested that a Miller - led delegation attend the meeting in order to
acquaint residents with Government's position on the viability of AES energy
corporation's construction of an LNG plant at nearby Ocean Cay.
Tim Riley, a
California-based attorney and anti-LNG lobbyist had asked the Minister to
explain how Government planned to protect the massive tankers from terrorist
threats and accidents once a LNG plant was approved and the tankers began
coming regularly to Ocean Cay. He explained that American cities spent as much
as $80,000 to setup floating exclusionary zones around the tankers each time
they came to port.
around Boston, he pointed out, included one mile in the front of the tanker,
two miles to the stern, and a 1/2 mile on either side. He added that other
boats would be shot if they- either by accident or intentionally- penetrated
one of these "exclusionary bubbles."
continued: "My question is to you is: how big is your exclusionary bubble
going to be, how are you going to pay for it and how is it going to affect
your economy... and is your protection going to be secure enough that a tanker
will not be commandeered here and taken in 50 miles into the coast of the
the website LNGdanger.com, which was created by Mr Riley and his wife Hayden,
typical LNG tankers are larger than the size of three football fields and
carry more than twenty times the natural gas it took to burn one-square mile
of Cleveland Ohio in a LNG-related accident in 1941. The tankers reportedly
require five miles to halt.
Mr Diaz has
warned that members of his Cat Cay Club, who are worth between 30 and $40
billion, would liquidate the more than 300 million dollars they have invested
in their homes, accompanying infrastructure and other assets at Cat Cay and
pull out once Government approved the AES LNG project.
comprises more than182 acres of land and is 7.8 miles away from Ocean Cay and
19 miles from Bimini.
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