Cheniere Energy Says Hurricane Rita Impact Minimal

Cheniere Energy says that its own preliminary survey found negligible impact from Hurricane Rita to its Sabine Pass site in west Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Cheniere Energy's president and chief operating officer Stan Horton said, "Our first and foremost concern is the safety of our staff and our neighbors in Cameron Parish. Our prayers are with them and all of the victims of hurricane Rita. Over the weekend our executive team began our effort to provide immediate physical and financial support directly to the Cameron Parish community. We are committed to the whole community and we will work closely with Cameron Parish's leaders to assess their needs and stand with them to help in their recovery and rebuilding plan."

Mr. Horton continued, "The Sabine Pass site was secured and evacuated last week in anticipation of Hurricane Rita's projected path in the Gulf. The storm surge made landfall several miles to the east of the site. A preliminary survey found that due to the site's elevation and the improvements to it, there appears to be no material flooding of the site. Wind damage to the site appears negligible because no structures had been erected. Upon a complete assessment of the site by us and our contractors, an update will be issued. Plans will call for construction to resume as soon as possible. Roads to the site from the east and west are open and will allow for immediate resumption of activities. Our Houston based staff was also released to attend to their families last week. In response to our mayor's request we will reopen our headquarters Wednesday."