Monday, March 16, 2015

Over 60,000 Comments Submitted on Port Ambrose - Process Stalled!

Waves of thanks to all those who submitted comments against Port Ambrose LNG! A whopping 51 groups signed on to our comments and over 60,000 comments were sent in, in opposition of the project. A special thanks to Catie Tobin from Clean Ocean Action, Doug O’Malley from Environment New Jersey, Anthony Rogers-Wright from Environmental Action, Andrea Leshak from NRDC, and Matt Gove from Surfrider Foundation for putting together the 68 page comments against Port Ambrose. Due to the massive amount of comments and deficiencies with air quality and pipelines, the clock has been stopped on Port Ambrose. Although this is a victory, the fight is not over!

In reviewing the Coast Guard and Maritime Administration’s DEIS, Clean Ocean Action and the anti-LNG Coalition identified numerous flaws that underscore citizen concerns that the LNG port would be a target for terrorism; threaten fishing, jobs, and tourism; and would be a disaster for our climate. The identified flaws were outlined in our 68 page comments to the federal docket on behalf of the Anti-LNG Coalition, a bi-state (NY/NJ) coalition of community groups, maritime organizations, faith-based, union, and civic leaders opposed to LNG facilities. Some of the most egregious flaws found in the DEIS include:

1. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) stated natural gas imports will be near zero by 2018 and extend to 2040

2. According to a March 2015 EIA report, Asian LNG gas prices are currently at $7.45, which is down from $14 this October. However, these are higher than the 2014 US domestic prices – $4.39 in 2014, and expected prices- $3.07/MMBtu in 2015 and $3.48/MMBtu in 2016. More facts prove that the US will not import more expensive foreign LNG over domestic.

3. In gallons, the water used annually for operations alone would equal 1,167,487,020, to put this volume into perspective, it would fill an Olympic size pool 56 miles long every year.

4. Estimated entrainment for the construction phase of the facility is 44,027,806 eggs and 5,075,044 larvae of fish. Estimated annual entrainment during operation, emergency and maintenance activities of the facility is 40,070,732 eggs and 5,986,906 larvae. Estimated annual entrainment during decommissioning of the facility is 2,573,528 eggs and 296,648 larvae.” These eggs and larvae would contribute to the ecosystem, are essential to supporting the food web, and threaten to undermine the fisheries industry.

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