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    Better Balance For Long Beach Says "No" on Proposed PoLB LNG Facility

    (June 3, 2005) -- Better Balance for Long Beach (BBLB), a coalition of LB activists and business owners from multiple Council districts (previously focused on public safety and quality of life issues in LB's 14th St. Park area) today (June 3) issued a statement urging the LB City Council "to take a position against placing a proposed LNG receiving and processing facility in the harbor and to terminate any negotiations with the developers of that facility."

    BBLB's statement emailed to LB media outlets states in pertinent part:

    Better Balance for Long Beach...believes an LNG facility in Long Beach Harbor is a dangerous, expensive, bad idea...The proposed LNG facility would unacceptably threaten the safety of the residents of Long Beach, Wilmington, San Pedro, and other surrounding communities...

    The security costs for protecting incoming LNG tankers and the LNG facility would be astronomical. The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are already considered prime targets for terrorist attack. At other LNG facilities, massive and costly precautions have to be taken whenever an LNG tanker is arriving. The cost of security and safety apparatus at the LNG facility would also have to be massive. That cost should not be born by taxpayers. If those costs are required to be paid by the LNG operator, then the price they would have to charge for the gas would not be competitive. Also, the cost incurred by good shippers from having to shut down the port when the LNG tankers arrive would add significant costs to those goods -- not to mention the enormous cost an LNG disaster would bring about by its disruption of port operations and destruction of surrounding communities.

    Continuing to build facilities for the importing of LNG from other countries is bad energy policy. It is important for the United States to reduce its dependence on foreign energy. The proposed LNG facility in Long Beach would increase that dependence and further threaten economic stability of our great nation.

    The proposed LNG facility in Long Beach Harbor would be unacceptably dangerous, would incur massive costs to protect it from terrorist attack, would be an economic catastrophe if a disaster happened, and would further our dependence on foreign energy sources. An LNG facility must not be built in Long Beach Harbor...BBLB says NO on the proposed LNG facility.

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