Friday, June 24, 2005

Schwarzenegger supports Cabrillo Port Plan

Officials at Australian resources company BHP Billiton should be pleased, as Governor Schwarzenegger tacitly endorsed the Cabrillo Port LNG facility:

The Republican governor voiced his support for the Ventura County offshore site, mainly because he believes it is the safest of three California options. The others are in the Port of Long Beach and at the Platform Grace oil facility, offshore from the Los Angeles-Ventura County line. Two other possible LNG locations under consideration are off the coast of Baja California in Mexico.

"I think the key thing is public safety on all of this," Schwarzenegger told reporters during a brief question-and-answer session following his remarks encouraging energy conservation at the California Independent System Operator in Alhambra.

"And I think that we have established - I think that the one, for instance (off) Oxnard, where you build it out approximately 11, 12 miles off the shore, could be probably the most safe one for California."

Of course, the Cabrillo Port proposal must be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and State Lands Commission first...but having such a public endorsement is a plus.