Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) today announced that she would introduce a resolution calling on New York and New Jersey to reject the proposed Liberty Natural Gas (LNG) Port Ambrose Project. LNG has applied to federal authorities for permission to build a port in the ocean 17 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island and 24 miles off Long Branch, N.J. The proposal requires approval from the U.S. Maritime Administration, the Coast Guard and the governors of New York and New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie rejected a similar proposal in 2011.
“LNG is trying to get a second bite at the apple,” said Beck. “But we have already said no once, and for good reason. The environmental implications of this project are too great and the long term consequences are unforeseeable. As a representative of Long Branch and other shore towns I feel that the risk here is just not worth the reward.”
The port would discharge 3.5 million gallons of chemically treated sea water and requires 20 miles of sea floor dredging to accommodate the pipeline.
“This is a very slippery slope, and while LNG contends the facility will be limited to importing natural, there is no saying that they won’t expand to exporting in the future,” Beck explained. “This project could negatively impact some of the shores most important industries, including tourism, fishing and boating. We are still recovering from the devastation of Sandy; we should focus on rebuilding and not proposals that invite more problems.”