Amendments to anti-LNG bill will lead to perpetual litigation

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 17, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

A bill that makes it harder for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities to be sited in California was recently amended to make it harder still.

SB 412 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) requires that environmental impact reports include an analysis of alternative technologies.  The new provisions would make it easier for parties to delay the permitting process, and inevitably cause an onslaught of litigation activity.
 
Proposed LNG terminals already undergo an extensive permitting processe to ensure that the projects are environmentally sound.  Passage of SB 412 would create an additional barrier, compromising California's future energy supply and hindering the state's efforts to secure a variety of fuel sources for growing demand.

A growing supply-demand imbalance has pushed California natural gas prices steadily upward, with future demand projected to increase prices still further.  SB 412 could cause severe delays in the delivery of new natural gas supplies to California and raise energy costs, to the detriment of California consumers and businesses.  With more than 40 percent of the state's electricity generating capacity being fueled by natural gas, it is critically important for California to identify and build the natural gas infrastructure that allows our economy to grow and to meet the peak demands of a summer heat wave.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear the bill on Aug. 22.

CMTA brought together a statewide coalition of business, taxpayer, consumer, local government, education, agriculture and senior organizations to educate the public about the benefits of importing LNG.  To learn more about the efforts of Californians for Clean Affordable Safe Energy (Cal-CASE) go to:  www.casefornaturalgas.
 
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