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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY ON LNG TERMINAL RELEASED
Hearings Scheduled in November and December for Public Comment
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted on Monday, October 10, to release a draft version of an environmental impact study for public review and comment on a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.
Sound Energy Solutions (SES), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp. of Japan, proposed two years ago to build and operate a facility at the Port of Long Beach to import and distribute LNG. The terminal could supply 10 percent of the state’s needs, but security and safety are concerns.
Construction cannot begin without the approval of local, state and federal authorities, and only after a thorough review of environmental issues such as potential impacts on geologic resources, air, marine water resources, biota and habitats, land use and public services, noise, recreation, aesthetics and visual resources, socio-economics, transportation, cultural resources, vessel transportation, hazards and public safety, and utilities and service systems.
The Harbor Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are jointly circulating the draft environmental impact report (EIR) and environmental impact statement (EIS) for public review and comment. Copies of the two-volume, 700-plus-page draft EIR/EIS are available on-line at www.polb.com and www.ferc.gov, at the City Clerk’s office at City Hall, at local libraries and at the Port Administration Building, 925 Harbor Plaza.
In an unprecedented effort to solicit community input, Port officials are extending the required public review period from 45 to 60 days. Four public hearings have been scheduled for the public to comment on the document. “We want to make it easy for our citizens to let their voices be heard,” said Harbor Commission President Doris Topsy-Elvord. “We have arranged meetings at locations in neighborhoods throughout the community to encourage participation.”
The public will have opportunities to comment on the environmental analysis at hearings, each beginning at 6 p.m., at the following locations:
-- November 14, Long Beach City Council Chambers
-- November 15, Jordan High School
-- November 30, Millikan High School
-- And December 1, Cabrillo High School
Written comments are also encouraged. Comments must be received by the Port Planning Division or FERC on or before December 8.
To view the EIR/EIS and other project documents, click below:
Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS)