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May 01, 2021



Here is a bit of background on Life Sciences use of natural gas for critical functions. It's not my expertise so I'm just repeating what my friend told me. A main use is to maintain "GMP": Good Manufacturing Practices
(https://www.nne.com/services/good-manufacturing-practice/). GMP encompasses all sorts of things, but for life sciences it's the packaging of the drugs. Natural gas is used as a dessicant. I had to go look that one up:

"There are a number of innovative and industry specific uses of natural gas. Natural gas desiccant systems, which are used for dehumidification, are increasingly popular in the plastics, pharmaceutical, candy, and even recycling industries. In each of these industries, moisture filled air can lead to damage of the end product during its manufacture."

The R&D groups also use it in a number of ways that he was less familiar with.

Maybe someone with expertise can weigh in?

Paloma Ave

I will overwhelmingly support any and all councilmembers who vote to reverse the natural gas ban.

What right does anyone have to ban a legal product, just because they feel like it will help "Save our planet"? Even though this has proven to NOT be the case.

Any takers out there?


The Invisible Hand of the market is voting No on those council members’.

Everything's Jake

I agree with Paloma--natural gas is about as clean as energy gets. And it's generated right here in the USA.
The life science companies generally pay well and have an excellent safety record. Let's grab some of the tax dollars from SSF and Brisbane!


Burlingame can't and shouldn't outbuild Redwood City

Longfellow Real Estate Partners, an commercial space developer with an office based in Redwood City, is seeking to redevelop its 20-building Redwood LIFE office site into a modern life science campus. The project would include 3.24 million square feet of office space, more than doubling the amount of existing office space while including an 82,000-square-foot Amenity Center and a 75,000-square-foot hotel with 150 rooms.


The Planning Commission took another look at it, but apparently (per this DJ article) no mention of the natural gas variances life sciences would need.

As Burlingame sets the table for introducing commercial developments accommodating the life sciences industry along the Bayfront, officials discussed ways to plan growth and address the need for improved public spaces.



Hmmm, while browsing on my phone I clicked the bit.ly link and read the story, came back to my desk computer to type this and can't get back to the article to get the specific name of the planning commission lady mentioned in the article because the article is now behind a paywall (one free view per month). If I wasn't cheap I might sign up for the virtual rag but..

I appreciate the woman's concern about building pleasant walkways and shade or whatever. I'm wondering if she has worked out the esthetics of the traffic control ingress and egress depending upon the BSL requirements. Are they going to be BSL-1, BSL-2+, BSL-3, or maybe the very sexy and high value BLS-4 labs. There might be some extra fencing and gates where they could grow some pretty trees and such.

BTW, I also wonder how home values are going in close proximity to the labs in Wuhan these days? Up or down? Wouldn't surprise me either way.


Audrey Tse is the planning commissioner


What a waste of money if we did have the 12 million.


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