On June 5, 2007, Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton issued a Record of Decision (ROD) denying BHP Billitonâ€™s application for a Deepwater Port license
for the proposed Cabrillo Port project offshore
of Ventura County, California. The denial was based on Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggerâ€™s May 18, 2007, letter to Administrator Connaughton disapproving of BHPâ€™s application.
In his disapproval letter, Governor Schwarzenegger recognized Californiaâ€™s â€œneed to expand its access to natural gas,â€ stating that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) â€œcan and must be an important addition to Californiaâ€™s energy portfolio.â€ His disapproval of the Cabrillo Port Project was primarily based on concerns that the Cabrillo Port project, as proposed, would result in significant and unmitigated impacts to the Stateâ€™s air quality and marine life.
Because the Maritime Administrator received timely disapproval from Governor Schwarzenegger, the application was denied and no further action will be taken on the application as submitted.