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Calpine Corporation Eureka Terminal, Humboldt Bay, California

STATUS:  Killed

TYPE: Natural Gas

OPPOSITION:  Environmental Protection Information Center; local residents


BACKGROUND:  Calpine Corporation sought in 2003 to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on Humboldt Bay in Eureka, California.  The terminal would have supplied 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, and would have cost $1 billion to construct.  The project would have involved building two 13-story storage tanks, and unloading the gas from 900-foot-long tankers.  The area’s tallest building, the Humboldt County Courthouse, stands only five stories high.

Community opposition proved too much to overcome for Calpine.  Over one thousand residents flooded a Eureka City Council meeting on March 16, 2004 to protest the project.  A group calling itself the Environmental Protection Information Center warned against deadly explosions and ecological catastrophes. The next day, Calpine withdrew its plans for the project.  Calpine’s press release cited public opposition as the grounds for walking away:  “Based on feedback from the local community and public officials, we believe this decision is best for all parties.”

SOURCES:  Calpine Corporation (http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=103361&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=506048&highlight=);
San Francisco Gate (http://articles.sfgate.com/2004-03-16/bay-area/17416087_1_natural-gas-calpine-spokesman-humboldt-bay;
Los Angeles Times (http://articles.latimes.com/2004/mar/18/local/me-eureka18); . 

Last Updated:  November 16, 2010