Study on proposed Long Beach LNG terminal concludes no environmental threat

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 14, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in conjunction with environmental staffs from the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies announced last week that a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Long Beach would pose no environmental threat to the surrounding area.
The year-long study concluded that the LNG facility would be in compliance with noise and air pollution limits as well as withstand the most powerful earthquakes.
The draft report also helped minimized the public’s concern of any potential terrorist attack on the facility.  While acknowledging the concern of having a highly flammable substance near residential areas, the draft report concluded that the likelihood of a successful terrorist attack on the terminal would be "less than seven chances in a million per year."  Moreover, the proposed facility has plans written in for a multi-layered security system.
The project would cost roughly $450 million to build and would provide 1,000 jobs over a four-year span.  While FERC has the authority to approve the terminal, the Harbor Commission must agree on the plan before any building can start. 
Public comments are welcome on the draft report, but must be received by December 8, 2005.  The city of Long Beach is holding four public hearings in November and December.  A final decision by FERC and the city of Long Beach on the proposed LNG terminal is not anticipated until sometime next year. 
CMTA supports LNG as a means to meet the growing demand of natural gas in California. 

To join a growing coalition of businesses concerned about the state’s future energy needs, sponsored by CMTA, visit:  Case for natural gas.
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