Clean Ocean Action

Liberty LNG is Back - Same Project, Closer to New York

The federal government announced that Liberty Natural Gas is again trying to place a hazardous LNG port off the coast of New York and New Jersey.  Essentially the same project vetoed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in 2011 ("Port Liberty"), now in a different location and with a different name ("Port Ambrose"), Liberty's latest attempt to invade the NY/NJ Bight is met with vehement opposition in the coastal community.  The "Port Ambrose" project would be 13 miles off the coast of Sandy Hook, NJ and 17 miles southeast of Jones Beach, NY.


More on Port Ambrose:

Read COA's fact sheet on LNG here

Sign the Anti-LNG petition

Read COA's 130-page scoping comments here

Read Governor Christie's 2011 veto of Liberty Natural Gas' previous proposal for "Port Liberty" here

Read COA's comments on the revisions to the Deepwater Port Act here





Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Ports off the NY/NJ Coast

Over the past few years, three industrial LNG port facilities have been proposed off the New York and New Jersey coasts.  So far, all three have been blocked!  These LNG ports would bring dependence on foreign fossil fuels, increased greenhouse gas emissions, habitat destruction, security risks, increased Coast Guard and policing costs, more pollution to our shores, and would close-off vast areas of our ocean waters to recreational and commercial uses.



Recently, given the low price of natural gas in the US and the high price of gas overseas, energy companies have applied to the federal government to export domestically produced natural gas.  In a blow to the quest for energy independence, the government has already authorized about 10% of our American daily natural gas production to be sent overseas once a few LNG ports have finished installing "liquefaction" technology (first exports: 2014).  Why is this dangerous? It will increase our energy prices (for gas and electricity) and will increase pressure on shale gas extraction (aka, fracking). 


For more on Exports, check out our Clean Ocean Action blog posts on the issue.




Why is LNG the wrong choice? 

Liquefied Natural Gas:

  • is grossly more polluting than domestic natural gas, resulting in up to 40% more greenhouse gas emissions (due to LNG life cycle of extraction, cooling to liquid form at -259°F, transport from overseas, and heating to gas form),
  • increases our use and dependence on foreign fossil fuels,
  • port facilities and supplies that exist are under-utilized and can more than meet our region’s energy needs,
  • steers us in the wrong direction away from existing conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy technologies & options,
  • is unnecessary.  We are currently energy independent in natural gas in the U.S. and there is no demand for imported foreign sources.

Why is LNG a bad choice for the ocean? 

The LNG facilities will:

  • devastate important fish habitat, and impact endangered and threatened species,
  • damage seafloor habitat,
  • destroy vast quantities of marine life by refilling huge emptied tankers with billions of gallons of seawater to replace LNG cargoes, 
  • create navigational hazards, leading to accidents & spills,
  • be exposed to stronger and more frequent hurricanes, nor’easters, and wind & wave risks. 


The Governor of NJ has veto authority over all LNG proposals and has expressed his steadfast opposition to these projects.


Many groups, businesses, and municipalities have signed resolutions opposing LNG and the proposed facilities.  For a list, click here. 

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