Anti-LNG bill put on hold

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 24, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Legislation making it harder to site liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities has been quietly shelved, at least for now.  SB 412 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) has been bottled up in the Assembly Appropriations Committee since last August.

The bill requires that environmental impact reports for proposed LNG facilities include an analysis of alternative technologies and additional provisions relating to "writ of mandate."  Both would delay the permitting process; the latter inevitably leading to a flurry of litigation.

Simitian’s decision to put the bill on hold is not final, with the bill eligible to be taken up again anytime prior to the adjournment of the Legislature in September.

Proposed LNG terminals already undergo an extensive permitting process 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’s natural gas prices steadily upward, with future demand projected to increase prices still further.  SB 412 would 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.

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.org.

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