2009-03-06 / Community

Locals To Host LNG Terminal Meeting

By Howard Schwach

Two local groups, the Ecowatchers and the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association will host a meeting to address the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal that would be constructed on a man-made island less than 20 miles off the Rockaway shoreline.

The meeting will be held at Public School 225, 190 Beach 110 Street at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

Dan Mundy, who heads the Ecowatchers environmental group, says that the meeting will provide information about the proposed terminal and will also provide Rockaway residents with a chance to give input on the proposal to company officials.

The new island, about nine times the size of Giants Stadium, will be funded by a Manhattan company called Atlantic Sea Island Group. It will be built in 60 feet of water using clean fill. The facility will be able to handle two LNG tankers at a time and would have four 180,000-cubic-meter tanks for LNG. Each day, company officials say, the terminal could receive and store a maximum of 2,000,000,000 cubic meters of LNG and then transmit that gas to companies in the northeast region.

Environmental groups, however, including the Ecowatchers, are lining up to thwart the project, arguing that it is dangerous and will impact the ocean's ecology.

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