New Proposal For Offshore Gas Project
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
July 3, 2013
Public hearings are planned next week on a plan to build a liquefied natural gas terminal about 20 miles off the coast of Long Branch.
More than two years after Governor Chris Christie vetoed the project, Liberty Natural Gas has submitted an application for a new design.
Cindy Zipf, the executive director of Clean Ocean Action, says the proposal comes at a vulnerable time for Jersey Shore communities.
“We’re trying to rebuild. We’re trying to restore, and they are on a fast track, This project is moving faster than anything I’ve ever seen, and they’re doing it at a time when we’re trying to restore our communities. So we’re doing the best we can to fight back.”
Zipf says the terminal and a pipeline to carry the gas could pose environmental and safety risks.
“You’re talking about putting a liquefied natural gas tanker which can be very explosive right in the pathway of chemical tankers, oil tankers, coming in an out of the harbor. So you’re talking about a navigational risk which can have extraordinary devastating consequences.”
In his 2011 veto, Governor Christie said offshore liquefied natural gas poses unacceptable risks to the state’s natural resources, economy, and security.