Before the Eureka City Council had the chance to vote on whether to allow Calpine to exclusively negotiate with the city for use of its land for a liquefied natural gas terminal, Calpine withdrew its plans. ?It is the policy of Calpine not to build projects in areas where there is insufficient community support,? wrote Ken Abreu, Calpine development manager, in a letter to the city council March 17. The city council was supposed to vote on the exclusivity deal with Calpine March 16, but the vote was delayed because so many citizens wanted to testify they could not be accommodated at the initial hearing. The hearing was pushed to March 18 after fewer than half of the nearly 200 speakers had their say. Calpine had plans to build an LNG terminal and an associated power plant near the site of aging PG&E fossil-fuel and nuclear plants, and to pipe gas to the Sacramento Valley. However, environmental and fishing organizations in the county?known as much for its magnificent redwoods as for its trespassing tree-sitters?had a strong turnout. Although economic development in the rural county had its boosters, and some saw the county as taking a role in easing an impending shortage of fuel supplies, they were outnumbered by LNG terminal opponents.