After working several years to build a liquefied natural gas terminal at the Port of Long Beach, Sound Energy Solutions officially gave up. The Mitsubishi subsidiary filed a project withdrawal notice with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission June 6. It spent $80 million over seven years trying to get approval from numerous agencies for a natural gas import terminal at a 25-acre site at the port. Sound Energy Solutions\u2019 president and chief executive officer Tom Giles told Circuit that the company does not foresee continuing the project for any reason. Sound Energy\u2019s venture was met with significant roadblocks from start to finish. That included opposition from environmentalists and area residents over safety concerns. In the 1970s, a liquefied natural gas terminal was also attempted at Long Beach but safety issues killed it too. The previous Long Beach Mayor Beverly O\u2019Neill supported the project. However, the city\u2019s current mayor, Bob Foster, former Southern California Edison president who took office in 2006, steadfastly opposed it. He also raised concerns about harm from a possible explosion at the terminal, which would have been less than three miles from the city\u2019s bustling downtown. Despite the failure of the terminal project, Long Beach is moving forward with another LNG development. In mid-May, the adjacent ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles reached an agreement with natural gas supplier Clean Energy to build and operate an LNG vehicle fueling station on 10 acres of vacant land in Los Angeles. The fueling station would be the largest in the U.S. and perhaps the largest in the world, according to Greg Roche, Clean Energy\u2019s director of business development. The beginning of the end for the SES project was the abandonment of the requisite Environmental Impact Report process. That was in response to the Long Beach Harbor Commission\u2019s January 2007 decision that the document would never be adequate. The state Supreme Court upheld the decision in March 2007. SES partnered with ConocoPhillips on the terminal venture. The latter pulled out last September. Sound Energy quietly folded its Long Beach offices last month. Clean Energy, which operates upwards of 170 natural gas vehicle fueling stations in North America, is also in the process of building California\u2019s first LNG production plant in Boron, about 85 miles east of Bakersfield. It\u2019s expected to open in September.