Ocean gas terminal planned for NJ, NY faces major public opposition

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August 22, 2013

Public comments on a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal off the New Jersey and New York coasts are running 1,000-to-1 against the plan.

The deadline for comments on the proposed Port Ambrose project ends Thursday, with only about a dozen supportive comments to federal regulators out of more than 10,000 received by afternoon.

Environmentalists say the terminal's purpose is to export natural gas obtained by hydro fracturing from the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, which they say puts vast water supplies at risk of contamination.

Liberty Natural Gas says the terminal is designed to import natural gas and stabilize prices in the New York metro area, particularly during winter.

It would be located 17 miles off Jones Beach, N.Y., and 24 miles off Long Branch, N.J.

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