Friday, April 20, 2012

Report: Rising sea level threatens coastal utilities

Sea levels are rising as a result of global warming and will double the risk of coastal flooding at locations 4 feet or more above sea level by 2030, according to a new Climate Central report. Rising ocean levels will threaten 287 coastal utilities in 22 states, report authors Ben Strauss and Remik Ziemlinski write. The report says many more facilities at higher elevations will become more at risk as sea levels continue to rise.
More than half the facilities are in Louisiana, and most of them involve natural gas. Florida, California, New York, Texas and New Jersey each have 10 to 30 at-risk facilities. Overall, 130 natural gas, 96 electric and 56 oil and gas facilities are at risk. Other states with at-risk sites are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington. (Read more)

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