Company withdraws application for LNG plan

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The El Paso Corp. and its subsidiary, Southern LNG, announced Friday that they are withdrawing an application that was being reviewed for approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to re-activate a loading dock facility on Elba Island.

The move puts an end to the company's plan to drive trucks hauling LNG-filled trucks daily through Savannah.

For more than a year, El Paso Energy and Southern LNG had been trying to convince the city of Savannah that their plan to truck liquefied natural gas through the city was a safe plan.

City officials took the next step in a plea to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who would have made the final decision.

Savannah City Council approved a resolution in October telling the commission they do not want large quantities of LNG being transported on the streets of Savannah.

The plan to expand the Elba Island LNG terminal was first proposed in 2010 and Southern LNG had hoped to have the application approved by February 2011, but the city, including fire chief Charles Middleton, has delayed the process because of their fears of the unknown.

A consultant was hired, experts were brought in and studies were done and a fact-finding mission was under way since late 2010.

In September 2011, the city invited the attorney general from Rhode Island to speak to council members. In Rhode Island, the city of Providence successfully blocked a similar plan to truck LNG.

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