A Mexican plant in Baja California that is used to import natural gas from Qatar, Indonesia and Russia which gas is then used to make electricity here in the United States and in Mexico was in the midst of a shutdown ordered by Ensenada's Mayor, Enrique Pelayo Torres who stated there were "irregularities and flagrant violations to the law,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The plant supplies Mexican and U.S. Customers with natural gas, and the attempted shutdown by Ensenada's Mayor was met with federal and state intervention. Sempra LNG plant, the big natural gas import terminal, is located 15 miles north of Ensenada and happens to be the first facility on the west coast of North America which can import super-cooled natural gas.
Sempra LNG plant, even upon orders of the Mayor, continued operating reports Kathleen Teora, spokeswoman for Sempra Energy which owns the plant and is parent company to San Diego Gas & Electric which operates independently from natural gas import terminal. When asked to comment on the Mayor's shutdown orders, Ms. Teora described the situation as an issue between local, state and federal officials.
The President of the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission sent Mayor Enrique Pelayo Torres correspondence stating that the plant was operating within the law and that federal officials are who decide whether the plant remains open and order it shut down, not local authorities, as activities of natural gas storage fall exclusively under federal jurisdiction.