Legislator Denenberg Calls New Jersey Governor's Rejection of LNG Terminal
"Fuel in the Fight" to Stop the Project
Asks Gov. Paterson to Get on Board and Say No
Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) today applauded New Jersey Governor Christie’s rejection of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal being proposed for 13.5 miles off the shore of Long Beach, New York. The project is being planned by Atlantic Sea Island Group (ASIG) and needs the approval of the New York and New Jersey governors. The terminal, called “Safe Harbor Energy,” would be built on a man-made 60.5 acre island and deliver 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the New York Metropolitan region. Governor Paterson has yet to announce his decision.
Legislator Denenberg said, “Governor Christie’s rejection is a huge victory for our oceans. ASIG’s proposed island should be rejected for the same reasons that Broadwater was rejected. LNG is not clean, hurts our energy independence, raises unnecessary security risks and compromises our environment. What was wrong for the Sound is wrong for our ocean. I ask Governor Paterson to join us and say ‘No to LNG!’”
State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg who has been closely monitoring this proposed project since January 2006, has expressed his opposition to the facility. Long Beach Councilman Mike Fagen said “I think it to be unconscionable that there is even a discussion about placing a liquefied natural gas island this close to our beaches. Our children play here. Our State representatives must be vigilant in their opposition to this.” Council Vice President Mona Goodman added, “For the sake of our ocean’s environment and our residents’ safety we, too, vehemently urge the Governor to deny this project.”
Legislator Denenberg is among the first elected officials to oppose this project. He formed the Anti LNG Taskforce on Long Island to tackle this proposal. The Taskforce is part of a NJ/NYC/LI coalition that has been fighting this project since it was first proposed in 2005. Broadwater, a similar project that was proposed for the Long Island Sound was rejected by Governor Paterson. The security, environmental and safety hazards that were applicable to Broadwater apply to this project. Only instead of a barge, the ASIG proposed 60-acre island is even more invasive encompassing 116 acres of our ocean’s floor on the Cholera Bank, a very important region to commercial and recreational fisherman. The environmental impact study is due to come out by summer. ASIG seems to be ignoring this very important victory and moving forward with this project.