The Port Ambrose LNG project is back, right in time for the holidays. This week, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released and the “clock” for processing Liberty’s Port Ambrose application began ticking again. The federal government has given the public 60 days to review and comment on the 25 volume, 1,800+ page report, and has scheduled public hearings – of which there will only be two – for the first week of the New Year. On December 5th, in advance of the release of the Draft EIS, COA and over 25 other groups sent a letter to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Maritime Administration (MARAD), the agencies responsible for processing Liberty’s application, requesting a public comment period of at least 90 days and at least three public hearings in each state. We have not yet received a response.
Time is now of the essence and we need to turn out hundreds of people in opposition to Port Ambrose at these hearings! For more information on these public hearings and to sign up to attend, visit COA’s RSVP page. Also, COA and partner organizations will be hosting an information and organizing meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 1475 West Front Street in Lincroft, NJ, from 7pm to 9pm next Thursday, December 18. We will be providing information about the status of the project, a policy recently proposed by MARAD that would change the way applications for LNG export facilities are permitted, and the upcoming public hearings on Port Ambrose. You can RSVP for that meeting here. If you can’t attend the public hearings, information on other ways to submit comments is posted here. Comments must be received by February 10, 2015. Please stay tuned for updates – it’s so important that concerned citizens attend the upcoming public hearings and show Governors Christie and Cuomo that the people want a veto on Port Ambrose!
“30-Years Making Waves for the Ocean”
In honor of
Clean Ocean Action’s 30 Year Anniversary
In addition to the Denim & Pearls celebration, COA will be publishing a keepsake book which will feature the programs, accomplishments, and most importantly the individuals who have helped shape COA over the past 30 years.
Become a part of this commemorative book and sponsor a page! For more information on "True Blue: 30 Years Making Waves for the Ocean" please visit True Blue.
Is your town Sustainable Jersey certified or interested in obtaining certification? Then the Municipal Blue Star program is for you! Learn about COA's new municipal Blue Star Program that is in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey's Certification Program. Our goal is to inspire towns to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification and reap its benefits, while at the same time focusing on watershed-wide water quality improvements.
For more information contact Catie Tobin via email or call 732-872-0111.
On August 8, Clean Ocean Action learned that the participants in the Rutgers-led seismic survey off the Jersey shore, set to occur this July and August, had decided to postpone the survey until the summer of 2015. Due to equipment malfunctions on their vessel, the Marcus G. Langseth, the researchers were unable to obtain the 30 days of data needed before the expiration of their federal authorization on August 17.
Upon hearing the news, COA Executive Director Cindy Zipf said, "It is a victory for marine life this summer, and for the state of New Jersey and thousands of citizens that have rallied to their defense. The coastal economy won't be a victim of Rutgers' seismic blasting off our coast...this year. However, we are stunned that the National Science Foundation, Rutgers and others are going to try again next year given the many members of Congress, the State of NJ, NJ State legislators, fishing, diving, tourism, and ocean advocacy organizations, and nearly 20,000 petition signers have opposed the project."
"They blind-sided us last time, but now time is on our side and we will demand that the permitting process have robust congressional and state oversight and ample time for public review. We, the people, will be prepared and organized to advocate on behalf of New Jersey marine life to stop this dangerous experiment."