Big Names Rallying Protest Against Gas Terminal Proposal

Halle Berry and other Hollywood stars appeared at Malibu Beach on Sunday, October 22, 2006 to protest the BHP Billiton's proposal of establishing an offshore gas station terminal.

Joining forces together, celebrity names like Halle Berry, Daryl Hannah, Cindy Crawford, Dick Van Dyke, Ted Danson, Jane Seymour, and Pierce Brosnan showed up at Malibu's Surfrider Beach on Sunday, October 22, 2006 to mingle with surfers protesting Australian mining giant BHP Billiton's plan to establish an offshore gas station terminal.

Inevitably drawing attention from fans, paparazzi and television networks, the stars, along with the surfers gathered, openly expressed their refusal toward a massive floating terminal proposed for about 14 miles off the coast by the company, which intends to use it to unload tankers carrying natural gas from Asia and Australia then pipes it ashore.

The proposed site for the thirteen-story terminal was originally thought to be closer to Oxnard, but the maps later turned out to show it to be close to Malibu's city line instead and so, infuriated those who care for the beach.

"The goal was to send the governor a message: to terminate the terminal," director of the California Coastal Protection Network Susan Jordan remarked. "His is the last voice that actually stops this terminal from being approved."

In the meantime, the protest also got supports from other big names who also are Malibu residents like Barbra Streisand, Cher, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny DeVito, Tom Hanks, Olivia Newton John, and Martin Sheen. All of them have signed a letter opposing BHP Billiton's proposal, stating that it "poses significant and potentially irreversible negative impacts to our coast, our environment and to the health and safety of our families."

Concerning this matter, Darrel Ng, a spokesman for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, has responded quickly, confirming that Schwarzenegger "has not yet taken a position on any specific offshore natural gas terminal" as he is awaiting the outcome of various studies that put "each project through rigorous environmental and safety checks."



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