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Friday, March 30, 2012 - 1:39pm

LNG Withdraws Trucking Proposal

A Houston-based liquified natural gas importer is withdrawing its application to reactivate trucking facilities on Georgia's Elba Island.

The El Paso Corporation announced the decision today, putting an end to the company's 2010 proposal to transport hazardous fuel through Savannah.

LNG officials wanted the plan approved last year, but safety concerns delayed the process.

Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson says, she believes a public outcry over LNG-laden trucks passing by schools and hospitals affected the decision.

"What it says is that maybe someone started to listen," Jackson says. "So we're just happy that this is a win-win situation for everyone, both for El Paso as well as for the city of Savannah."

But company spokesman Bill Baerg says, the decision was a business move.

"What was driving the application to reactivate the truck loading facilities was a lease with Southeast LNG," Baerg says. "Since we're told from our customer that they're no longer interested in that at this point, we decided to withdraw our application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission."