NY (top) and NJ (bottom) rallies against Port Ambrose
The support at the New York and New Jersey hearings was remarkable! Speaker after speaking delivered passionate, sound, convincing, and fact-based testimonies against Port Ambrose.
On Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in New York there was an estimated 400 people with over 63 opposed and 7 in favor. The following day in New Jersey over 500 citizens came out and over 100 joined the AntiLNG coalition for a rally before the hearing. At the NJ public hearing, 70 people spoke in opposition to the project while only 7 were in favor. At both the New York and New Jersey hearings, 90% of the speakers were against Port Ambrose.
In the months to come, there will be one more final public hearing. In the interim, please voice your opposition on the Federal Docket by submitting comments. Information on ways to submit comments can be found here and to comment directly to the docket, click here. We also have the time now to get towns throughout NJ and NJ as well as the state legislature to pass the resolutions (SR 21, AR17) opposing Port Ambrose and urging Governor Christie to veto when the time comes. Let us work together to make sure we sink this proposal once and for all.
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The Port Ambrose LNG project is back. In December, 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 90 days to review and comment on the 25 volume, 1,800+ page report, and has scheduled public hearings which took place on January 7th and 8th, 2015. 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.
If you couldn't attend the public hearings, information on other ways to submit comments is posted here and to comment on the docket. Comments must be received by March 16, 2015. Please stay tuned for updates and show Governors Christie and Cuomo that the people want a veto on Port Ambrose!
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."