BHP plant rejected in California

BHP plant rejected in California

LOS ANGELES – Australian mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd. suffered a blow to its plan to anchor a floating liquefied natural gas terminal near the famous Malibu beach when a California commission rejected an environmental study on the US$800 million project.

The Lands Commission voted 2-1 on Monday night against the 3 000-page report after members raised such issues as global warming and cost-effectiveness during an all-day hearing attended by worried residents, including actor Pierce Brosnan. BHP Billiton’s Cabrillo Port project involves building a terminal larger than an aircraft carrier about 23 km off the California coast.The plant would unload liquefied natural gas and regasify it before pumping it ashore.Some residents were worried it could be a terrorist target.The company says the plant would produce more than 10 per cent of California’s daily natural gas consumption and would be environmentally friendly.A spokesman did not respond to an email seeking comment on the vote.Five governmental bodies, as well as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and US President George W.Bush, need to approve the project.Schwarzenegger, who has gone to great lengths to establish his “green” credentials, said in a statement that an LNG facility would make California less vulnerable to fluctuations in gas supply and price.Nampa-ReutersBHP Billiton’s Cabrillo Port project involves building a terminal larger than an aircraft carrier about 23 km off the California coast.The plant would unload liquefied natural gas and regasify it before pumping it ashore. Some residents were worried it could be a terrorist target.The company says the plant would produce more than 10 per cent of California’s daily natural gas consumption and would be environmentally friendly.A spokesman did not respond to an email seeking comment on the vote.Five governmental bodies, as well as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and US President George W.Bush, need to approve the project.Schwarzenegger, who has gone to great lengths to establish his “green” credentials, said in a statement that an LNG facility would make California less vulnerable to fluctuations in gas supply and price.Nampa-Reuters

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