Malibu Film Festival to Screen World Premiere of LNG Documentary Film

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The documentary film, The Risks and Danger of LNG, highlights the hazards of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), by demonstrating its vulnerability to accidental disaster, terrorism, and how massive its destruction can be to our coastal communities.

The documentary film, The Risks and Danger of LNG, highlighting the hazards of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), is an Official Selection of the Malibu Film Festival and will have its World Premiere screening on September 18, 2004, in Malibu.

Film producers Tim Riley and Hayden Riley, consumer protection advocates from Oxnard Shores, California, say coastal communities throughout 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 the imminent perils of LNG by demonstrating its vulnerability to accidental disaster, terrorism, and how massive its destruction can be to our coastal communities.

“We are pleased that our film has been recognized and is an official selection of the Malibu Film Festival,” said co-producer Tim Riley, adding “It is very 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 minimize LNG’s 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. This is the film that LNG proponents don’t want you to see,” says Tim Riley, who also co-wrote the film.

The film provides a historical perspective of the first LNG disaster which incinerated one square mile of Cleveland, Ohio, killing 128 in 1944. It also covers the explosive Algerian LNG disaster of January 2004, which blew out windows and caused fires miles away, adding to the LNG death toll and causing approximately $1 billion of property damage.

“Currently, there are no offshore LNG importation facilities anywhere on Earth. But if energy companies have their way, there will be two untried and untested facilities right off our precious California coastline impacting Santa Monica, Malibu, Oxnard, Ventura, Montecito and Santa Barbara, turning those beautiful coastal communities into LNG guinea-pigs,” co-producer Hayden Riley said.

The film highlights the City of Oxnard’s Environmental Impact Report from 1977 when an LNG facility tried locating in that coastal city. The report determined 70,000 casualties could result from an offshore LNG tanker accident, but none of the risk assessments even considered acts of sabotage or terrorism.

“We are now at war with terrorism, so the likelihood of an LNG disaster would be even greater today,” says Oxnard Mayor Manual Lopez appearing in the documentary.

The Rileys appeared as LNG experts before the Malibu City Council in May of this year at the request of City Councilmember Pamela Conley-Ulich. Their support of her resolution opposing both offshore LNG proposals helped pass it unanimously.

According to documentary co-writer Hayden Riley, “Not only will LNG endanger our residential communities, it will industrialize our pristine coastlines and beaches while making America more vulnerable to terrorist sabotage and more dependent on imported foreign fossil fuel."

Visit to preview a short trailer of the film and to acquire a DVD or VHS copy of the film.

Press Release by Producers of the film The Risks and Danger of LNG, Tim Riley and Hayden Riley

Contact Tim Riley at 805-984-2350

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