LNG - "Liberty Port Ambrose" project

Date: 
July 9, 2013 - 6:00pm
Sponsor: 
United for Action
Allegria Hotel
80 West Broadway
Long Beach, NY
United States
Phone: 516-889-1300

Time: Open House: 4:30pm - 5:30pm,
Hearing from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Transportation: It's easy to get to Long Beach with the Long Island Railroad, and the hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the train station - You can take the 3:21 train from Penn Station, arriving in Long Beach at 4:15, or the 4:40 train arriving at 5:37.

During the Open House, the public will be able to ask questions of corporate representatives and the Maritime Administration who is the federal permitting agency for this project. During the Public Hearing, the public will have 3 minutes to comment and let the Maritime Administration know the reasons why you oppose this project. For more on why this is a bad idea, substance for comments, and more information, click here.

Hearing 2:

When: July 10, 2013
Location: New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, NJ
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison NJ (732) 417-1400

Time: Same schedule of events as Long Beach
Transportation: You can take the NJ Transit train to the Metuchen Train station, and then take a cab (about 2-1/2 miles). You could get train #3855 from Penn Station at 3:27, arriving in Metuchen at 4:12, or train #3165 leaving at 4:54 and arriving at 5:34. Additional train schedules are here.
Driving: There is plenty of parking if you drive. Driving directions are here.

Reasons why stopping this port is so important:

*Ambrose LNG Port is a gateway to natural gas exports. In liquid form, LNG can be shipped around the world and sold to the highest bidder. While the project is currently described as an import terminal to receive natural gas from Trinidad and Tobago, it is widely believed that since the permit request filed under the Deepwater Port Act automatically covers both import and export, Port Ambrose, once constructed, will be used for export instead.

*Shale Gas brings a much higher price overseas, and several LNG import terminals in this country are already converting to export. Shipping gas overseas will not only increase the cost of natural gas here, but it will encourage a tremendous increase in fracking in this region, which as we know, will cause countless cases of water and air contamination, and a host of other health and environmental problems. Also, because methane is a hundred times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period, the persistent methane leaks from drilling operations, pipelines, and LNG operations will spell catastrophe for the climate.

*Port Ambrose poses an unacceptable risk to the ecology and economy of shore communities in NY and NJ that were recently devastated by hurricane Sandy. Located near the entrance to the NY Harbor - south of Jones Beach, NY and east of Monmouth Beach, NJ - in two active Coast Guard training areas, and among several fishing areas and wildlife migration routes, Port Ambrose would be a navigational hazard near the entrance to the busiest harbor on the East Coast, a danger to marine life, and a threat to commercial fishing.

*Shale Gas is at least 90 percent methane, which is combustible. Though in its liquid state natural gas is not explosive, spilled LNG will quickly evaporate, forming a vapor cloud, which if ignited can be very dangerous (Council on Foreign Relations http://on.cfr.org/18n66Ra).

*LNG ships and terminals are potential terrorist targets, because of LNG's explosive potential, experts say. Al-Qaeda, for example, has specifically cited LNG as a desirable target, says Rob Knake, senior associate at Good Harbor Consulting, LLC, a homeland-security private consulting firm (Council on Foreign Relations http://on.cfr.org/18n66Ra).

*Port Ambrose is in the pathway of hurricanes which are increasing in intensity, and is proposed for the same location as a new wind farm. Experts say wind farms can slow down hurricane force winds by half and would decrease storm surges. But the placement of this LNG port could jeopardize plans for a major offshore wind farm which has been proposed for this region. The NY Power Authority has expressed that its priority is to develop wind power in the area where water depths are shallow enough to be technically and economically feasible for turbine placement using today’s technology—in this case, exactly where Liberty has indicated it intends to place its LNG port.

To learn more about this project and LNG, and to find additional talking points, you can go to the following links:

Catskill Citizens Website

Surfrider Website

Clean Ocean Action Website