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Gas disasters cause US utility to drop plans for terminal

A New Jersey utility has decided to abandon its 900,000-barrel liquefied natural gas terminal on Staten Island after recent gas disasters in Mexico and India had ''a serious impact'' on federal hearings on the facility.

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''We have no confidence at all that we will ever get these (tanks) approved for operation,'' a spokesman for Public Service Gas & Electric Company said Wednesday. The decision ended 10 years of efforts by PSG&E to open the tanks, which are among the largest of their kind in the world.

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