Comment and Review Period Ends May 10; Public Meeting on April 11

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – March 27, 2018 – The Port of Los Angeles has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the marine oil terminal located at Berths 167-169 in Wilmington, operated by Shell Oil Company.

Shell has a long-term lease with the Port for operation of the terminal through 2023, which would be superseded by a new 30-year lease. The proposed project is needed to comply with Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS) -- building standards that apply to all marine oil terminals in California. Other proposed elements include pipeline and pipeline support improvements, and topside equipment upgrades. 

The Draft EIR includes a discussion of the proposed project’s environmental impacts and identifies mitigation measures to reduce these impacts as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In 2016, the Port released an Initial Study/Notice of Preparation (IS/NOP) to prepare the Draft EIR. The Draft EIR includes all of the comments received during the IS/NOP public comment period.

The 45-day public comment and review period for the Draft EIR is from March 27 to May 10, 2018. During this time, the Port will accept written comments and hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m., at the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, located at 425 S. Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro, to present its findings and provide opportunity for public comment.

A copy of the document is available for public review at the following locations:

  • Port of Los Angeles website.
  • Port of Los Angeles Environmental Management Division, 222 W. 6th Street, Suite 900, San Pedro
  • L.A. Public Library, San Pedro Branch, 931 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro
  • L.A. Public Library, Wilmington Branch, 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington
  • L.A. Public Library, Central Branch, 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles

Comments on the Draft EIR must be submitted in writing by the end of the 45-day public review period and must be postmarked by May 10, 2018. Please submit written comments to:

Port of Los Angeles
Chris Cannon
Director of Environmental Management
P.O. Box 151
San Pedro, CA 90733-0151

Comments sent via email should include the project title in the subject line and body of the email in letter format. Questions about this notice or project should be directed to the Port of Los Angeles Environmental Management Division at (310) 732-3675. For more information, visit portoflosangeles.org.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovatively strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $284 billion in trade during 2017. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.