California Public Utilities Commission member Loretta Lynch is floating a proposal to place speed bumps in the path of unfolding plans for liquefied natural gas development. Regulators are set to consider Lynch?s strategy, along with another proposed decision, September 2. Both grant open access to interconnection with utility systems. Lynch?s plan, however, emphasizes that hearings are needed to scrutinize environmental impacts, price effects, costs and benefits, and other concerns about LNG. A coalition of environmentalists had formally requested that the commission hold evidentiary hearings on the impacts of LNG. Lynch would decline utilities? request to establish new receipt points to facilitate LNG access. According to Lynch, creation of additional receipt points on utilities? systems is a major policy decision that could spark significant operational and ratemaking changes. In addition, her plan doesn?t grant preapproval of LNG contracts.