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For Immediate Release: September 7, 2005
CONTACT: Chris Davis (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Releases Safety Advisory Report
on Proposed Long Beach LNG Terminal



Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today released its Safety Advisory Report of the Sound Energy Solutions proposal to build and operate a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at the Port of Long Beach. Prepared for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as called for in the newly signed Federal Energy Bill, the report highlights safety issues and concerns for the agency to address in its review of this project.

Governor Schwarzenegger designated the California Energy Commission to prepare the Safety Advisory Report on the proposed LNG terminal at the Port of Long Beach. Some of the concerns raised by the report include: the seismic criteria to be used to design the pier, the possibility of various types of terrorist attacks on LNG ships and facilities, and accidental events, such as two ships colliding. The report also details the number of people living and working, and types of land use, near the proposed facility.

The Safety Advisory Report was prepared in response to the recently passed Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. That act allows states in which LNG terminals are proposed to identify safety issues and concerns in an advisory report that must be filed with the FERC within 30 days. FERC must then respond to the issues raised in the advisory report. The Safety Advisory Report on the Sound Energy Solutions proposal released today by the Energy Commission is available on its website at:

www.energy.ca.gov/lng/documents

The Energy Commission cooperated with state and local agencies to prepare the Safety Advisory Report. Those agencies include the California Air Resources Board, California Coastal Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California State Lands Commission, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, along with the City and Port of Long Beach.

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