The Federal Aviation Administration is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at The Red Building, 20 Basin St., in Astoria to discuss the effect of the Oregon LNG liquefied natural gas project on the Astoria Regional Airport.
The meeting will detail the FAA's aeronautical study on a proposed airspace request by Oregon LNG.
The proposal is to construct a liquefied natural gas tank or tanks approximately 1.72 miles northwest of Astoria Regional Airport.
Interested people are invited to receive information and discuss the proposal by Oregon LNG as submitted to the FAA, and how it may affect the airport.
Earlier this year, state Sen. Betsy Johnson warned the Port of Astoria that Oregon LNG's proposed facility on Warrenton's Skipanon Peninsula could be a hazard for planes flying in and out of the Astoria Regional Airport. The Port runs the airport and leases the proposed facility site to Oregon LNG.
Johnson, a licensed commercial pilot, said after reviewing regulations she believes the project's 195-foot-tall LNG storage tanks will protrude into protected air space around the airport and put pilots and the surrounding community at risk.
The project in-cludes three storage tanks, each about the height of a 17-story building and nearly as wide as a football field is long. The tanks will hold the supercooled liquid delivered by ship to the facility, which will reheat the gas to a vapor and distribute it via pipeline as needed.
Oregon LNG Chief Executive Officer Peter Hansen said even if the tops of the storage tanks enter protected airspace, he doesn't think they qualify as a hazard to the airport under federal rules. He submitted an application to the Federal Aviation Administration to determine whether Johnson is right.
Hansen submitted an application to the FAA a month ago to determine the airport safety issues associated with his development.
Johnson said Oregon LNG will need a waiver from the FAA to enter the airport's protected airspace, and she doesn't think the company should get one.
"As an experienced pilot, I believe the location and height of the proposed liquefied natural gas tanks are dangerous to the citizens living around the airport, and to the crews that land and take off at the airport," Johnson wrote in a letter dated June 11.
Information will be available at Monday's meeting for the public to submit written comments to the FAA.