Denenberg Brings Attention to Proposed LNG Port
The lawmaker and civic groups call public comment period “insufficient”
(JONES BEACH, NY) – Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) joined with Sean Dixon, Coastal Policy Attorney for Clean Ocean Action, Claudia Borecky, president of North and Central Merrick Civic Association and chair of Legislator Denenberg’s Disaster Response Task Force, and Rav Friedel, board member of Concerned Citizens of Montauk, this morning to bring attention to a proposed offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) port.
The proposed LNG facility, ‘Port Ambrose,’ would be a deepwater port located in coastal waters just south of Jones Beach.
Legislator Denenberg called on the Maritime Authority to extend the public comment period to 120 days, requested that more hearings be held and more information be provided to the public.
Currently, only two hearings have been scheduled (on Tuesday, July 9, in Long Beach, NY and on Wednesday, July 10, in Edison, NJ). Notice of the two public hearings was published in the Federal Register on Monday, June 24, fifteen days in advance of the first hearing.
“The general public has no idea about this project – what it is, what it isn’t, the pros and cons,” said Legislator Denenberg. “The interested parties must get the information out there. A 22-day public comment period is insufficient and unacceptable. It should be extended to 120 days or four months.”
The Federal Register currently states the public comment period on this proposal ends July 14 at 11:59 p.m.
Legislator Denenberg is urging the public to participate in the upcoming July 9 hearing at the Allegria Hotel (80 W. Broadway) in Long Beach at 6 p.m. This public meeting will be preceded by an open house from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
PHOTO: Monday, July 1, 2013, Jones Beach – (L-R) Claudia Borecky, president of North and Central Merrick Civic Association and chair of Legislator Denenberg’s Disaster Response Task Force, Sean Dixon, Coastal Policy Attorney for Clean Ocean Action, Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg and Rav Friedel, board member of Concerned Citizens of Montauk.