The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas Comments on California Risk Assessment of LNG Deepwater Port

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The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) comments on a Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) prepared by the California State Lands Commission for the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port. According to CLNG Executive Director Bill Cooper, CLNG is concerned that the DEIR puts forth highly improbable scenarios that grossly overstate the risks.

The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (http://www.lngfacts.org) today announced comments on a California state agency’s environmental risk assessment of a proposed LNG deepwater port off the coast of Southern California in order to ensure the findings of the environmental risk assessment were clarified and put into appropriate context.

At issue is a Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) prepared by the California State Lands Commission for the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port. The applicant, BHP Billiton, is proposing to construct and operate an offshore floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU) that would be moored in federal waters approximately 14 miles offshore of Ventura County in 2,900 feet of water.

Quotes from CLNG Executive Director Bill Cooper

“CLNG is concerned that the DEIR puts forth highly improbable “worst case” scenarios and consequence analyses that grossly overstate the risks of the Cabrillo Port FSRU,” said CLNG Executive Director Bill Cooper (http://www.lngfacts.org/newsroom/CLNGMay24.pdf). “As a result, we believe the DEIR is vulnerable to mischaracterization and misinterpretation. The improbable worst-case scenarios lead to overestimates of the resulting consequences. CLNG submits that these highly improbable scenarios should not be used to develop design criteria for LNG facilities, as the DEIR suggests.”

Cooper did note the thoroughness of the State Lands Commission’s process, which involved nearly three years of extensive review. Public hearings on the DEIR have also provided an opportunity for the public to learn more about the role of LNG in helping secure the nation’s energy future, as well as all that is being done to safely transport and store LNG.

“The U.S. needs more natural gas and to meet that need, we must bring natural gas from overseas in the form of LNG,” Cooper said. “LNG transport is very safe and has been for decades, and any minimal or manageable risks should not become an emotional barrier that prevents decision makers from providing American’s with the energy they need to heat their homes.”

About CLNG

CLNG is a coalition of 60 LNG producers, shippers, terminal operators and developers, energy trade associations and natural gas consumers. Its goal is to enhance public education and understanding about LNG by serving as a clearinghouse for LNG information. For more information, visit http://www.lngfacts.org

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