Join us on Friday, November 14th from 6-10 pm
at Windows on the Water in Sea Bright, NJ.
Cocktail hour will kick off the night with great music by Thom White & the Little Rogues! The party will continue upstairs with a silent auction, art gallery and more! Delicious food from Window's on the Water Chef Cruz and a raw bar by Lusty Lobster. Dance the night away with Jersey Shore's Brian Kirk & the Jirks!
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.
* The deadline for page sponsorship have been extended to Friday, October 22nd!
The Virtual Teach-In will focus on environmental education and the science behind extreme weather and climate change. Resources and lesson plans provided for age groups ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade will be complete with videos, activities, and instructional aids.
We encourage educators to register and plan to incorporate the lesson plans into your teaching during the week of October 27th as we remember the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, but continue to learn from it.
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.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2014: The US Coast Guard and Maritime Administration (MARAD) are still awaiting additional information from Liberty Natural Gas (Liberty) to satisfy numerous outstanding data gaps in their application for the Port Ambrose offshore LNG port. Then the agencies will release the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project. At this time, the Draft EIS is expected to be released in late October or November, to be followed by public hearings around the holidays or after the new year. There will likely only be two public hearings scheduled; one in New Jersey and one in New York, and is important that members of the public attend to voice their opposition to the project. Once the public hearings are finished and the final EIS is issued, Governors Christie and Cuomo will have 45 days to veto the project. Governor Christie continues to state his opposition to LNG, and Anti-LNG coalition partners in New York have been organizing events focused on encouraging Governor Cuomo to make the same statement.
On September 12th, COA hosted an LNG organizer meeting on Long Island for Anti-LNG coalition members to discuss strategy leading up to the release of the Port Ambrose Draft EIS and public hearings. Fifteen people representing groups based on Long Island and beyond were in attendance. The Anti-LNG coalition plans to hold its next meeting during the week of October 27th; stay tuned for updates!
Also in September, COA gave presentations on LNG and Port Ambrose to the Western Monmouth Chapter of the League of Women Voters and at a “Science Monday” seminar hosted by the Brookdale Community College Environmental Club. Keep up to date on Port Ambrose happenings by checking our website and blog. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your group, call COA at 732-872-0111.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2014: Liberty LNG continues to slowly push forward with its application to develop a deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) port off the New York and New Jersey coasts, despite mounting opposition from concerned citizens and advocacy groups. In a recent letter from US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 office, Liberty LNG did not include emissions calculations for some important Port activities (including fuel unloading)and for emission values they did provide, Liberty gave insufficient information on how they performed their calculations. Liberty also tried to cut corners in their air permit application by requesting exemptions to certain requirements, which the EPA denied. Furthermore, Liberty’s application failed to address how air emissions from Port Ambrose could affect species listed under the Endangered Species Act or people living in Environmental Justice communities.
Liberty has yet to finish their Environmental Impact Statement, which must comprehensively detail all known and potential environmental impacts that the construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of Port Ambrose (as well as a range of alternatives) could cause. According to the United States Coast Guard, this document is expected to be released this fall, so stay tuned for updates!
Governors Cuomo and Christie have the authority to veto Port Ambrose. New York groups are planning events to urge Gov. Cuomo to oppose the project. Governor Christie continues to state his opposition. At an August 15 press conference in Asbury Park, he reiterated his opposition to the project. You can help by calling or writing to your governor and asking him to veto Port Ambrose!
UPDATE APRIL 2014: Port Ambrose Remains on Hold, Federal Government Frustrated
Under the federal Deepwater Port Act, applications for LNG facilities in the ocean (like Port Ambrose) must be processed, from application submission to final agency approval, within 356 calendar days. All public input, environmental review, and economic analyses of proposals happen within that timeframe in a 240-day “clock.”
On October 21, 2013, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the two federal agencies responsible for reviewing Liberty’s application, officially “stopped the clock” on reviewing and processing the application for 90 days, with the intent to provide Liberty with more time to address over 250 critical data gaps identified during the scoping period by federal agencies and members of the public, including Clean Ocean Action.
The public was kept in the dark about whether or not the clock resumed ticking. On January 19th, 2014, the 90-day suspension concluded; but the public was kept in the dark about whether or not the clock resumed ticking. Finally on March 7, 2014, the USCG sent a letter to Liberty, which stated that the timeline for processing Liberty’s application had been retroactively re-suspended effective January 19, 2014. The clock will remain stopped indefinitely, until Liberty finishes addressing the aforementioned 250 data gaps identified by Clean Ocean Action and others during the project scoping process and can provide a complete draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for review and public comment.
One of the major data gap concerns is where onshore infrastructure will be located during the port’s construction, something that Liberty has been silent about throughout the application process. The letter contains a list of specific data requests and a strong warning to Liberty: “Our team expects timely responses to the below list [of data requests] and any further requests for necessary information. If, in our collective opinion, your responses are unreasonably delayed, we will take the appropriate action we deem necessary to further the application process.”
A risk assessment workshop was recently completed, which identified potential hazards associated with the construction and operation of Port Ambrose. The letter states that a report of the workshop’s findings is in production, and shall be included as an appendix to the DEIS once finalized. This, coupled with Liberty’s ongoing filling of data gaps, could further delay completion of the DEIS, which may not become available for public review and comment for several months.
UPDATE 12/5/13: The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed offshore facility Port Ambrose. The resolution was introduced by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) along with an identical resolution in the Assembly (AR205) introduced by Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-30) and is co-sponsored by Asw. Diane Gove (R-9), Asm. Brian Rumpf (R-9), and Asm. Ruben Ramos (D-33). The resolutions are supported by 25 organizations in New Jersey who signed on to a letter urging the legislature to adopt the resolution.
UPDATE 11/1/13: The US Coast Guard announced a 90-day hold on processing the proposed Liberty LNG Port Ambrose offshore deepwater liquefied natural gas facility due to a lack of critical important information, several major application deficiencies, and many unaddressed federal requirements. Read more here!
Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo can still veto this project. Call and tell our elected officials that you are against the Port Ambrose LNG project.
You can reach Governor Christie at (609) 292-6000 and Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390.
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."