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NorthernStar Energy’s Clearwater Port Oxnard Terminal, CA

STATUS:  Killed

TYPE: Natural Gas

OPPOSITION:  Environmental Defense Center; Santa Barbara Channelkeeper


BACKGROUND:  Clearwater Port is a proposed offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal located 12.6 miles off the coast of Oxnard, California. The platform will be connected to the Southern California Gas Company pipeline network via a 28-mile undersea pipeline.  Average natural gas production capacity would be 1.2 billion cubic feet per day; the project would cost $300 million to construct.  Clearwater Port sought to complete the project by 2011.

In a nod to environmental groups, Clearwater Port voluntarily pledged to hold itself to a higher air quality standard, in particular compliance with the Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board’s local air quality standards, which include using Best Available Control Technology (BACT) and emissions offsets.  This was not enough for environmental groups, who argued that the project threatened the Santa Barbara Channel with a major source of air and water pollution and harm to migrating whales and other sensitive wildlife.

On October 17, 2007, two environmental groups, the Environmental Defense Center and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, submitted a lengthy list of objections to the California State Lands Commission and U.S. Coast Guard.  Five days later, the Coast Guard suspended Clearwater Port’s application and required it to respond to 416 “data gaps” identified by the Commission and Coast Guard.  The 416 questions overwhelmed the project’s developers.

On March 16, 2010, the California State Lands Commission terminated Clearwater Port’s application.  An application is terminated after six months of inactivity, and the Clearwater Port application had been dormant for more than a year. 

SOURCES:  Ventura County Star (http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/mar/16/proposed-lng-terminal-off-oxnard-terminated-by/);
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (http://www.sbck.org/channels/winter%202008.pdf);
PRNewswire (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/clearwater-port-lng-terminal-application-deemed-complete-58591397.html);
Environmental Defense Center (http://www.environmentaldefensecenter.org/news/PressReleases/10-03-16.pdf);
California Energy Commission (http://www.energy.ca.gov/lng/documents/clearwater/2007-05-15_CLEARWATER_PRESS_RELEASE.PDF; http://www.energy.ca.gov/lng/documents/3_WEST_COAST_LNG_PROJECTS_PROPOSALS.PDF)      

Last Updated:  November 18, 2010