2010-02-26 / Community

Weiner Sets Rockaway Meet On LNG Island

At the urging of Representative Anthony Weiner the U.S. Coast Guard has agreed to hold public hearings in Rockaway so that residents can ask questions and provide input on a proposed liquid natural gas terminal that would be used to receive fuel tankers more than 15 miles off the Rockaway coast.

Last year, Weiner held a similar meeting with federal officials and community members to address concerns about the original proposal by the Atlantic Sea Island Group to build the 60-acre island.

However, many community concerns about the terminal’s environmental impact remain unaddressed.

Prior to Weiner’s input, USCG had proposed hearings to take place in New Jersey and Long Island, but neglected to schedule a forum for Rockaway residents, despite the fact that Rockaway would be directly impacted by the terminal. At the hearing, USCG will discuss details of its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed development, and constituents will be able to ask questions and make comments directly to representatives from the Atlantic Sea Island Group and the federal agencies involved.

“This must be a truly public process, and I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that New Yorkers have a say in the future of this project.

This is why I held a hearing last year to examine the environmental and community impact of this proposal, and it is why I worked to secure a second public hearing.” Weiner said. “Unfortunately, there are still many unanswered questions, and I will not support this proposal unless all of our concerns are addressed.”

The public hearing will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

For more information, contact Weiner’s office at 718-520-9001

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