Critics Blast Malibu LNG Proposal

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Critics of a proposed floating liquefied natural gas terminal off the Ventura Coast outnumbered supporters by more than 2-1 during a public hearing in Malibu. More than 60 people spoke at the hearing. Officials with the California State Lands Commission and U.S Coast Guard were taking public comments on a draft environmental impact report released last month on BHP Billiton"s proposed Cabrillo Port facility. The terminal would sit 13.8 miles off the Ventura County coast where LNG would be converted to natural gas and piped ashore. Those opposing the plan argue that the LNG terminal would worsen air pollution, hurt marine wildlife, threaten security and lower Malibu"s pricey real estate values. Many called for more emphasis on conservation and renewable energy sources. 17 speakers supported the proposal, citing safety and the need to stem energy shortages. Two Australian government officials praised BHP Billiton as a model corporate citizen with a sterling record for safety. Most supporters belonged to the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, who said that LNG tankers were the safest operations in the world. (Source: Ventura County Star)

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