Company Abandons Liquid Natural Gas Project In Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A company that tried to build a liquefied natural gas terminal at the Port of Long Beach has abandoned its plan due to local opposition.

According to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filing, Sound Energy Solutions says a decision by harbor commissioners to end an environmental review on the project has forced the firm to withdraw its proposal.

The proposed 750 million dollar terminal would have provided California with an alternative source of fuel.

But the project was strongly opposed by environmentalists who say the terminal would not meet clean air requirements, and by others who raised safety concerns, including the potential for a natural gas explosion.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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