BHP Billiton Completes Revised EIR for Cabrillo Port LNG Project in CA

BHP Billiton announced today that it has completed and submitted updates to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the California State Lands Commission (CSLC). As a result of this new information, CSLC will be recirculating a Revised Draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the Cabrillo Port project. The initial Draft environmental impact report (EIR) was issued in October 2004, followed by four public hearings. Cabrillo Port will bring natural gas to Southern California through a liquefied natural gas (LNG) transfer facility located approximately 14 miles offshore of Ventura County, California. The request for supplemental data is a routine and normal part of the regulatory approval process and provides further explanation to the highly technical and operational aspects of the project.

The EIR is an independently produced document of all anticipated and possible environmental, safety, socioeconomic and numerous other impacts of the project. A first draft included more than 1,200 pages of data, maps, technical drawings, and other information. The contractor for this document was hired jointly by the federal and state government agencies to meet requirements of both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

"We are pleased to see this progress in our permitting process towards a fuller understanding of the environmental safety and genuine value of Cabrillo Port to Californians," said Renee Klimczak, president of BHP Billiton LNG International, Inc. "BHP Billiton designed Cabrillo Port specifically for use in the deepwater far off the coast of Southern California. It will bring much needed supplies of clean-burning natural gas directly to the high demand markets of the region, providing energy and environmental benefits as our society moves towards even cleaner sources of energy."

The CSLC announced in January that the revised environmental reports will be available for public review in early March at their website, Another round of public hearings also will be scheduled within 45 days of the release of the revised environmental reports.

BHP Billiton is the world's largest diversified natural resources company, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. The company is widely recognized as an industry leader in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. Local offices for the Cabrillo Port project are based in Oxnard, California. More information about Cabrillo Port and BHP Billiton LNG International can be accessed at