Gino DiCaro

Anti-LNG legislative efforts begin anew

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, March 23, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Undaunted by last year's defeat of his SB 426, Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) has introduced legislation this year that would likely make it harder for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to be sited in California.

SB 412, as introduced, is only a "spot bill," or legislative vehicle, stating the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation regarding the siting and construction of LNG facilities on or off the coast of California.  More substantive provisions will be added as the bill moves along in the legislative process, with the first round of amendments anticipated prior to the first committee hearing in April.  

Last year's SB 426 would have required the California Energy Commission (CEC) to evaluate and rank every proposed LNG terminal and would have directed the Governor to disapprove an application for a license to construct and operate an LNG terminal if the project wasn't in the top two highest ranked sites.

CMTA opposed the bill because the current permitting process is more than adequate, the state needs more natural gas and the way to bring this about is through LNG.  LNG projects already undergo lengthy reviews by multiple federal and state agencies to ensure public safety and environmental safeguards.

The need for more natural gas to fuel our growing economy and fire electric power plants has been extensively documented by the CEC. Both the CEC and California Public Utilities Commission agree that California needs to "promote infrastructure enhancements, such as additional pipeline and storage capacity, and diversify supply sources to include liquefied natural gas." 
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