Strategically located approximately two miles from the Gulf of Mexico, the Monkey Island LNG site sits in the deep water of the Calcasieu Ship Channel. In the 1930s and 40s, Monkey Island was created when the Army Corps of Engineers straightened the river to provide deep water access for maritime commerce. Today, dozens of industrial plants line the channel, including refineries, petrochemical companies, and off-shore supply companies, along with businesses tied to the fishing and shrimping industries. With the expanding growth of U.S. natural gas reserves in close proximity, additional industrial projects are currently under construction on the Channel. Monkey Island is an ideal location for a world-scale LNG export facility.