Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Local opposition to LNG fading

Delay may be the best tactic to dissuade opponents of LNG terminals, as is being learned in Long Beach.

Despite opposition from state officials, the prospects have improved for a proposed $700-million liquefied natural gas terminal that would be built at the Port of Long Beach.

The Long Beach City Council has no immediate plans to take a stand on the project. And local opposition has dwindled in recent months.

Even so, state Public Utilities Commission officials oppose siting a terminal in the densely populated harbor area, warning that a terrorist attack, earthquake or accident could cause catastrophic damage. A nationally known expert hired by the commission recently concluded a fire could kill or burn people within three miles, an area that includes downtown Long Beach and 130,000 residents.