Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Sea of Nevers Dominates Long Island Gas Hearing
The first Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal public scoping hearing in Long Beach, NY was an eye opener not without some lively drama.
When I got off the train at Long Beach, appropriately, ocean breezes led the way. The LNG Terminal intends to receive gas imports just off the coast.
There were so many people who wanted to speak and who spoke that the hearing went way over its scheduled time.
The good news is that only two speakers of easily fifty plus favored the terminal -- both union guys who have one mindset: jobs. Research expects the facility to generate only 6 jobs.
It's possible that all six of those guys were at this meeting. At one point, one of them said "shut up all you tree huggers!" before he was succinctly drowned out by a chorus of those nefarious so-called tree huggers.
My list of three reasons to oppose the terminal quickly grew to eleven as speakers young and old made thoughtful and impassioned comments.
Here's eleven reasons to oppose this facility; a summation of many voices:
1. I don't see how it could ever be good for healthy oceans.
2. It's more of the same old fossil fuel mindset. Support clean energy -- it's the future.
3. I don't want New Jersey's rejects. No offense New Jersey, but this is the exact same project that was recently rejected by NJ Governor Christie. Doesn't that smell fishy?
4. The public comment period is way too short.
5. There are no assurances that this will not switch to an export facility, which will greatly increase the desire to frack gas in New York. This is a genuine concern because natural gas is abundant and cheap in the US and expensive elsewhere and switching to an export facility does not require extensive review.
6. The impact on the nearby proposed wind turbine farm is unknown.
7. A highly explosive super pressurized gas facility just offshore -- seems like a viable homeland security issue.
8. What happens if there is another BP-like blowout? Is that ridiculous "junk shot" in the plan?
9. It is a huge safety issue very close to many people and viable fisheries.
10. Has sea level rise even been considered, or the facility's ability to withstand the 30-plus foot waves recorded during Sandy?
11. The union guy called me a tree hugger, hurt my feelings.
There is another hearing in Edison, NJ today (July 10th) so go be heard if you're in the area. You can also make comments online until July 23rd. Plus, contact your state and city representatives.
For more information, see Sane Energy Project, Clean Ocean Action, and Surfrider to name a few who are all over this bad idea.
Posted by Mike Misner at 10:17 AM