Included in a year-end federal spending bill was a loan guarantee to help finance the construction of a pipeline that would carry natural gas from a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Alaska to the 48 states below. The provision, secured earlier this month, was by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and mirrors one she inserted in the stalled federal energy bill. ?All I?ve proposed to do is offer the exact same loan guarantee should the secretary of energy find that LNG from Alaska is the best option and that a qualified entity exists to move the LNG project forward,? Murkowski said. Back in the Golden State, Calpine?s proposed LNG facility in Humboldt Bay faces growing opposition. As with the yanked Shell-Bechtel proposed LNG facility on Mare Island in the San Francisco Bay Area, concerns have been raised about the appropriateness of the site for an LNG plant estimated to carry up to 36 million gallons of gas, given that it is very ?earthquake prone,? according to opponents. A local grassroots organization, the Northcoast Environmental Center, has begun gathering signatures to kill the LNG proposal that will be given to elected officials.