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November 9, 2002 -- For Immediate Release
Contact: Kenn Browne
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Sierra Club Solano Group Joins Battle Against LNG Plant

Vallejo, Calif. -- At its annual general meeting on Saturday, November 9 at the Fetterly Art Gallery, the Executive Committee of the Solano Group Sierra Club passed a resolution opposing the building of the Bechtel-Shell Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and power plant on Mare Island.

In passing the resolution, the local environmental group committed its own resources to fight the Bechtel-Shell proposal. The Solano Group, part of the national Sierra Club organization, also indicated willingness to seek technical and other assistance from its national office to combat the project.

Kenn Browne, Vallejo teacher and Chair of the Solano Sierra Club, said, "The proposed LNG plant would usurp land which has been designated as open space and public coastal access in the Mare Island Reuse Plan. The Reuse Plan was developed over many meetings and was achieved through consensus of several subcommittees."

By taking this stance the Solano Group Executive Committee believe they are acting upon one of the organization's main objectives of preserving open space and public access to the south shore of Mare Island. The organization also wants to prevent the negative environmental impacts that will result from the Bechtel-Shell energy complex's dredging, transportation and other operations.

Anil Comelo, Treasurer and board member of the Sierra Club Solano Group, said, "Historically the Sierra Club has supported grassroots efforts that prevent environmental degradation and promote sustainable growth with minimal negative impact on the environment."

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