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Helium Supply Risk USGS Comment: Coalition for Responsible Celebration

The Coalition for Responsible Celebration has presented it's opinion on the fact that the USGS should classify helium as critical due to supply chain disruption risks. It is suggested that these risks are due to political decisions, plant shutdowns, the explosion at Gazprom's new Amur plant, the outage of the Crude Helium Enrichment Unit in BLM, scheduled maintenance in Qatar, diverted natural gas from LNG production in Algeria to undersea pipelines to Europe, and the depletion of feed gas for Darwin's Australian plant. It is further noted that the US domestic market is at risk due to the absence of helium supplies, with Gazprom's stalled natural gas processing plant in Siberia being the only potential source.

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