Santa Barbara’s Environmental Defense Center (EDC) derided the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) change of heart toward a liquefied natural gas port off the Ventura coast. The port would become Ventura County’s largest smog producer if approved by numerous federal and state agencies and California’s governor. The EPA originally opined that the port must respect onshore air-quality standards, but changed its tune following lobbying efforts by BHP Billiton, the project developer. Located 14 miles offshore from the Ventura/Los Angeles county line, the terminal would accept foreign liquefied gas imports delivered by a supertanker. The EDC submitted its objections on behalf of the California Coastal Protection Network. The EPA’s position is that it is now applying the same rules that would apply if Billiton’s project were located on the Channel Islands.

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