Port Ambrose is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) port that has been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas off Long Beach, Long Island for the New York/New Jersey Harbor where a proposed wind farm is to be built in the same area. This project would damage our marine ecosystem, put us at risk from terrorist attacks, exacerbate climate change and put pressure to frack for more gas across the Northeast region. The surest way to stop the Port Ambrose LNG project is for Governor Cuomo of New York and/or Governor Christie of New Jersey to veto the project.
New York State Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and New York State Senator Brad Hoylman began circulating the 2015 Port Ambrose Opposition Letter to their Democratic colleagues in the NYS Assembly and Senate asking them to sign on to this letter which asked Governor Cuomo to veto Port Ambrose.
February __, 2015
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
New York State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Dear Governor Cuomo:
We want to first thank you for protecting the health and safety of all New York residents by banning high volume hydraulic fracturing throughout New York State. We ask you to continue this leadership by vetoing a project that could result in more fracking in the region. Liberty Natural Gas, LLC (Liberty), has submitted an application to build a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater port facility, called Port Ambrose, roughly 19 miles from the New York shore. As representatives of the State of New York, we urge you to veto this unnecessary and environmentally irresponsible project.
The construction and operation of Port Ambrose would have a strongly negative ecological impact on its surroundings, discharge millions of gallons of chemically treated seawater and require the dredging of miles of sea floor. Port Ambrose would further aggravate environmental degradation by increasing New York’s reliance on natural gas, a methane-emitting fuel. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas, is 86 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in our atmosphere over a 20-year period. This is, of course, in addition to the potential havoc wrought to New York’s coastline if an extreme weather event, such as another Hurricane Sandy, were to damage a vulnerable offshore facility of this type. Moreover, Port Ambrose could pose a grave security risk for New York. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, liquefied natural gas facilities are a potential terrorist target. Any explosion or fire from an LNG facility in the New York harbor would be catastrophic.
This project also has the potential to interfere with the development of a far more environmentally responsible wind farm that has been proposed for this area. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency of the U.S. Department of Interior, in its scoping comments on the Port Ambrose application, stated that it is “concerned that the proposal to construct a LNG port in the same area proposed for a large wind facility could result in serious conflicts—or at the minimum, complicating factors—that may impact the overall viability of one or both projects.” We and many of our constituents fear that this would not be a worthy tradeoff.
Furthermore, Port Ambrose is an unnecessary project. According to the 2014 Draft New York State Energy Plan, domestic production of natural gas is at its highest level in four decades and the “need for substantial increased volumes of imported LNG has diminished for the near term.” The Draft Energy Plan further states that this saturation of supply in natural gas has caused imports to decline every year from 2007 through 2012, a year in which just two of the twelve active LNG import terminals in the country received regular shipments.
As you may be aware, in 2011 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed an application for an LNG port by Liberty off the coast of New Jersey, stating that “offshore LNG poses unacceptable risks to the state’s residents, natural resources, economy and security.” We urge you to veto this project and continue to defend New York State’s precious environmental assets.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
Brad Hoylman Linda B. Rosenthal
State Senator Member of Assembly
Please pick up the phone and call your NYS representatives in Albany. Tell them you oppose the Port Ambrose LNG project and ask them to sign on to the Rosenthal/Hoylman 2015 Port Ambrose Opposition Letter. You can find your NYS Senator and phone number by clicking on this link Find Your NYS Senator (http://www.nysenate.gov/senators).
You can find your NYS Assembly Member and phone number by clicking on this link Find Your NYS Assembly Member (http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search).
While you’re at it, please make one more call to Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390 and tell him you oppose the Port Ambrose LNG project and ask the governor to veto the project.