EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A hearing will be held Wednesday in Edison on a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal off the New Jersey/New York coast.
Liberty Natural Gas 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.
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed an earlier proposal for a similar facility.
An initial hearing Tuesday night in Long Beach drew a largely negative reaction. Critics say the proposed port is too close to the shore and worry about gas explosions and tanker accidents.
“The bottom line is that we need certainty and the only thing I’m certain of is that this project is no good,” state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said.
“Imported LNG is not the sustainable, clean energy policy that New York and Long Island has been working (on) for over the last decade,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the New York-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment. She noted that a proposal for a wind energy farm in the same vicinity was a preferred option.