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Stop the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas facility

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    Stop the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas facility

    Picture massive tankers full of highly flammable liquefied natural gas delivering their dangerous, planet-warming cargo to an offshore facility near the Jersey Shore and Long Island. That's what Liberty Natural Gas is proposing to build.1 2

    As if that's not bad enough, once Liberty Natural Gas receives a federal license, the government can grant the company permission to export fracked natural gas from the facility. If the facility is switched to export gas, it will dramatically increase demand for toxic fracking in the region, putting our water, air and communities at further risk.

    The Maritime Administration and the Coast Guard are accepting public comments on this outrageous project until Thursday. We need to flood them with comments opposing the project, and demand that they protect our coasts and our communities from this dangerous fossil fuel megaproject.

    Submit a public comment telling the Maritime Administration and the Coast Guard to block the construction of the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas facility.

    Although the facility has been pitched to the public as an import facility, there's good reason to believe that it's actually intended to export fracked natural gas. Because of the rapid expansion of fracking in the United States, natural gas prices have plummeted and many companies are rushing to export gas to foreign markets where prices are much higher. Liberty Natural Gas' plan to import expensive natural gas from overseas just isn't credible.

    Whether or not the facility is used to import gas as Liberty Natural Gas claims, it is still a threat to the climate. Importing natural gas will increase our reliance on dirty fossil fuels and could crowd out investment in the region's growing renewable energy sector. Many families in New York and New Jersey are still recovering from the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. It's clear that we shouldn't be investing in more fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when we urgently need to be transitioning to clean energy in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

    Further, the construction of the facility would severely damage marine ecosystems, harm the local fishing and tourism industries and potentially interfere with the construction of an offshore wind farm that's been proposed for an adjacent area. And the facility would be vulnerable to spills and explosions, which could have devastating consequences.3

    We can block this dangerous project, but it's going to take a major public outcry. Will you join the growing chorus of outrage over the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas facility by submitting a public comment now?

    Submit a public comment telling the Maritime Administration and the Coast Guard to block the construction of the Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas facility.

    1. Laura Shepard, "Liberty Natural Gas seeks to build port," Queens Chronicle, July 25, 2013
    2. Timothy Bolger "Long Island’s Offshore LNG Port Proposal’s Critics Fear Fracking Exports on Horizon," Long Island Press, July 31, 2013
    3. "Liquefied Natural Gas Safety," California Energy Commission