EIS TO BE PREPARED FOR TEXAS DEEPWATER PORT

Backers of a proposed onshore port on Corpus Christi Bay for deepdraft oil tankers have begun the project's formal environmental permitting process for the Texas facility. Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) officials proposed the 750,000 b/d Safeharbor deepwater port as the best alternative to lightering of oil imports from very large crude carriers (VLCCs). PCCA in June disclosed in the Federal Register plans to begin drafting Safeharbor's environmental impact statement (EIS). The

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