Clearwater Port Project

Failed To Get Approval

March 2008 - - The $600-million Clearwater Port terminal, proposed by Houston-based NorthernStar Natural Gas Inc., would convert an oil platform about 11 miles offshore from Oxnard to receive and process up to 1.4 billion cubic feet each day of liquefied natural gas imported from Pacific Rim countries such as Australia and Indonesia. More than a dozen federal, state and local agencies will eventually review the Clearwater Port Project. The California State Lands Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Maritime Administration would have overseen preparation of a joint state-federal environmental document.

AAEA supported this project but it failed.  We believe that because NorthernStar Natural Gas did not adopt our recommendations, the project never had a chance to get approval. They made the same mistake that BHP Billiton made in not adopting our recommendations (see description below).


Long Beach LNG Project

Failed To Get Approval

January 2007 - The five-member Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously voted to end an environmental review of the Sound Energy Solutions (SES) proposal for an onshore LNG facility.  SES is a partnership of Mitsubishi Corp. and ConocoPhillips to build a $700-million liquefied natural gas plant.

Safety was the major concern cited for voting against the project.  Commissioners felt that there would be the potential for a catastrophic natural gas explosion that could kill hundreds of people and devastate much of the Long Beach waterfront.  

AAEA took no position on this project, although we believe a mutually beneficial agreement could have been reached between project sponsors and opponents if our recommendations had been adopted.



BHP Billiton LNG Project

Failed To Get Approval

The California State Lands Commission voted 2-1 on April 9, 2007 to reject Australia energy giant BHP Billiton's Cabrillo Port Projectproposal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal 14 miles off the coast of Oxnard, California, which is 20 miles north of Malibu. (More: The Malibu Times)

AAEA supported this project and believes it would have been approved if the proponents of the project had adopted our recommendations. Oxnard, California is a rural community with a large Hispanic population.

Malibu LNG Press Release




AES Sparrows Point LNG Project

Failed To Get Approval

March 2008 - The AES proposal to build an LNG project adjacent to the old Bethlehem Steel site at Sparrows Point failed to get approval. A Russian steel company, Severstal, purchased the Sparrows Point site from Mittal Steel.  As in the case of all of the other projects, this project is near a minority community.

Turner Station

AAEA FERC Statement

AAEA took no position on this project but made recommendations to AES that we believe could have ledd to a mutual agreement on the project among stakeholders. AES did not adopt the AAEA recommendations. Without doing so this project failed.

U.S. Department of Commerce Approval

A three-judge federal appeals court has struck down a Baltimore County law designed to stop the project. The 10-page opinion by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with AES, which charged that the county overstepped its authority to create zoning regulations and interfered with the National Gas Act.The ruling came weeks after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recommended conditional approval for the LNG terminal and an 88-mile pipeline to be built to southern Pennsylvania.

The Baltimore County Council passed an amendment to its Coastal Zone Management plan in 2007 that prohibited LNG plants and other facilities, such as oil refineries, in environmentally sensitive coastal areas.The state Critical Area Commission adopted the change in June, and that same month U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett upheld the county law. Lawyers for AES appealed, saying that the county is attempting to circumvent the federal approval process for energy projects.

[Aug 2008] Baltimore County will take its opposition to the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at Sparrows Point to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeal will challenge the May decision of a federal appellate court that said the county overstepped its authority to create zoning regulations and interfered with the National Gas Act.



Baltimore, MD

LNG Import Facility & Pipeline Proposal

Sparrows Point Project

AAEA Testimony June 5, 2006

AAEA Testimony June 9, 2008

Video Norris McDonald

Video Maxine Thompson

Video Phyllis Seward

Turner Station

FERC Open House (Pipeline)

FERC Open House (Terminal)

Summary of Alternatives

Turners Station Opposition Testimony


FERC Official Filing

-Accession No.: 200806125069

-Docket(s) No.: CP07-62-000, et al.:

-Filed By: African American Environmentalist Association

-Signed By: Norris McDonald

-Filing Type: Comment on Filing

-Filing Desc:

Comments of

African American Environmentalist Association

under CP07-62 et al

-Submission Date/Time: 6/12/2008 2:31:31 PM

-Filed Date: 6/12/2008 2:31:31 PM


Washington Gas Chillum LNG Project

Failed To Get Approval

Washington Gas proposed an LNG storage tank in Prince George's County, Maryland just across the Washington, DC border in a minority community. (More) The project was rejected by the county council.

AAEA took no position on this project but made recommendations to Washington Gas and local community stakeholders that could have led to a mutually acceptable agreement concerning this project. Washington Gas did not adopt the AAEA recommendations and this project failed.

Washington Gas

Chillum, MD

LNG Storage Tank Proposal

AAEA Testimony

Wash Post: Washington Gas Protests Dominion Cove Point Expansion



Broadwater Long Island Sound LNG Project

Failed To Get Approval

The partnership of TransCanada and Shell (Broadwater Energy) wanted to build an LNG facility in the middle of the Long Island Sound. The project received approval of its environmental impact statement (EIS) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

AAEA supported this project, but the proponents did not adopt our recommendations and this project, like the others described above, failed in getting the required state permits.

Broadwater Energy Project

Long Island Sound LNG Import Facility Proposal

AAEA FERC Testimony

AAEA Broadwater Page





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