Long Beach offshore gas plant

January 29, 2009 at 11:06 pm Leave a comment

Surfers, environmentalists and local politicians will gather tonight in Long Beach for a federal hearing on a liquid natural gas processing plant proposed for a 60.5-acre man-made island that would be built 13.5 miles south of Long Beach.

Opponents, including New Jersey residents worried about the “Safe Harbor Energy” facility that would be 19 miles east of their shore, are expected to be raising questions about potential damage to air, water and adjacent land during construction and operation and in the event of an accident.

“Building an island in the middle of the ocean is unprecedented, dangerous, and unnecessary,” Chris Wade, chair of the New York City Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a nationwide non-profit group, said in remarks to be delivered at a press conference prior to the hearing. Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg, a Democrat from Merrick said in remarks prepared for the news conference, “Liquefied natural gas is an expensive, dirtier foreign fossil fuel that threatens our natural gas energy independence.”

The terminal is proposed by the Atlantic Sea Island Group, private investors based in Manhattan. It would take five years to build and produce as much as two billion cubic feet a day of useable gas delivered to it in liquid form by ships from abroad.

Newsday

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