BHP Billiton's Cabrillo Port Wins Voices of Support From Community Leaders Hank Lacayo, Don Facciano and Steve Weiner, Among Many Others

Opinion Editorial in Sunday Ventura County Star and Testimony at Public

Hearings From Labor, Business and Community Leaders Supporting Cabrillo


Apr 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from BHP Billiton

    OXNARD, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- BHP Billiton's Cabrillo Port
 has won endorsements from key labor, community and business leaders this
 week, adding to its growing list of public supporters.
     Hank Lacayo, State President of the Congress of California Seniors, Don
 Facciano, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ventura County
 Taxpayers Association and Steve Weiner, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of
 the Tri-Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, co-signed an
 editorial in the Ventura County Star endorsing Cabrillo Port that ran on
 Sunday, April 16, 2006. Hank Lacayo, Don Facciano and Steve Weiner will
 also testify in support of Cabrillo Port at the CSLC public hearings later
 this week in Oxnard.
     "We are very that happy Hank, Don and Steve joined the Oxnard Chamber
 of Commerce, Ventura County Economic Development Association, Maritime
 Engineers' Beneficial Association, California Black Chamber of Commerce and
 many others in support of Cabrillo Port," says Renee Klimczak, president of
 BHP Billiton LNG International. "These endorsements further demonstrate the
 growing opinion that Cabrillo Port is the right project, in the right place
 and at the right time to meet California's increasing needs for natural
 gas," she added.
     In addition to Hank Lacayo, Don Facciano and Steve Weiner, the
 following individuals and organizations also endorsed the Project, among
     *  Tom Cady, Assistant Police Chief (Retired), Oxnard Police Department
     *  Bill Buratto, President and Chief Executive Officer, on behalf of the
        Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA)
     *  Nancy Lindholm, President and Chief Executive Officer, on behalf of the
        Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
     *  Alicia Flores, Director, La Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional de Oxnard
     *  Aubry Stone, President and Chief Executive Officer, on behalf of the
        California Black Chamber of Commerce
     *  Ron Davis, President, on behalf of the Maritime Engineers' Beneficial
        Association (MEBA)
     *  Thomas McCormick, President, Proteus SeaFarms, Oxnard
     *  Chuck Bauman, Supervisor (Retired), Southern California Gas Company
     *  Michael Fullilove, General Manager, on behalf of Brusco Tug &
        Barge, Inc. at the Port of Hueneme
     *  Sylvia Munoz-Schnopp, Local Small Business Owner
     *  Galen and Joyce Fitzgerald, Oxnard residents for 30 years
     Cabrillo Port is currently undergoing a comprehensive state and federal
 environmental approval process. The facility would be located about 14
 miles from the coastline and more than 21 miles off the coast of Oxnard. It
 would deliver natural gas to Southern California through the Southern
 California Gas Company's pipelines. When Cabrillo Port comes into
 production, which could occur as early as 2010, it will be the world's
 second offshore floating LNG facility, following the installation of a
 natural gas facility off the coast of Italy that is expected to commence
 production in 2008.
     BHP Billiton is Australia's largest publicly-traded company, and the
 world's leading diversified natural resources company. BHP Billiton employs
 approximately 37,000 people in 25 countries across the world, and is widely
 recognized as an industry leader in corporate social responsibility and
 sustainable development. More information about Cabrillo Port and BHP
 Billiton LNG International can be accessed at
     Interview Opportunity: Mr. Lacayo, Mr. Facciano, Mr. Weiner and others
 will be available for media interviews prior to the Oxnard afternoon
 hearing this Wednesday. For more information on the actual time and
 location of the interview opportunity, please contact Kathi Hann at (805)
 604-2789 or email her at