Robert E. Lutz

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In Malibu, California, on November 15, 1980, Pepperdine University School of Law hosted a symposium which focused on energy decision-making and the attorney's role in the energy regulatory process. A cross section of viewpoints was represented including: officers from the utility companies; personnel from federal and state regulatory agencies; landowners from the proposed siting area; and others who play an important role in deciding whether and how to bring LNG to California. The Symposium provided a forum for a panel discussion of the siting process. Western Liquefied Natural Gas's attempt to bring liquefied natural gas to Southern California was used as a role model to illustrate the many concepts essential to the energy facilitating siting process and environmental decision-making in California. After a brief introduction delineating the history of the proposed liquefied natural gas site, an edited version of the Symposium transcript is set forth. The Symposium should prove interesting to those who have followed the attempt to build a liquefied natural gas terminal at Point Conception, as well as to those who are interested in the procedure used to receive approval for construction of a major energy facility.