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Beck Urges Rejection of Proposed Natural Gas Port Miles Off Long Branch Coast

Beck's resolution was advanced last week by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.


Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) has taken a stance against a proposed liquified natural gas port that would be located 24 miles off the Long Branch Coast.

Beck's resolution against the proposed port was advanced Thursday by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and must now go before the full Senate for a vote.

“As a representative of Long Branch and other shore towns, I can’t accept inviting this type of risk and potential for decades of trouble to our communities that have already been through so much,” Beck said in a release.

Liquified natural gas is natural gas that is chilled nearly 300 degrees below zero to substantially condense its volume to 1/600th of the original, Clean Ocean Action research shows. 

The Liberty Natural Gas (LNG) Port Ambrose Project would be a deep-water port bordering New York Harbor in "federal waters" roughly 20 miles off New Jersey and New York shorelines. The terminal would deliver an estimated 400 million cubic feet of gas supplying about 1.5 million homes, according to Port Ambrose's description

The main supplier of the gas would be the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago, which, according to the company, has been a main exporter of liquified natural gas to the United States. 

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.

“The Governor was right to deny this potentially catastrophic project once and we can’t afford to let it move forward now either,” Beck said. “The environmental and ecological impacts this port could have on the shore and accompanying tourism, shipping and fishing industries are far too great to ignore. Besides the inherent risk, there’s no evidence of a shortage of natural gas that would necessitate having this import facility in the first place.”

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, according to the release.

For more on the proposed LNG project click here.
Tex December 09, 2013 at 11:39 AM
But wind turbines that make chop suey out of birds is ok?
Peter W Bennett December 14, 2013 at 09:10 AM
What is the 3.5 million gallons of chemically treated sea water, i.e., per day/year? What are the chemicals?

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