2011-01-28 / Top Stories

Meeting Set To Discuss Latest LNG Proposal

By Howard Schwach

Under the latest proposal, LNG carriers would tie up to underwater nozzles that would allow for the transfer of the gas. Under the latest proposal, LNG carriers would tie up to underwater nozzles that would allow for the transfer of the gas. At the request of Congressman Anthony Weiner, the U.S. Coast Guard has agreed to hold a public hearing for New York City residents concerning a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal 23 miles off the Rockaway shoreline.

The formal hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8 at Beach Channel High School, 100-00 Beach Channel Drive.

The meeting will be preceded by an open house at 5 p.m., at which time representatives of the Coast Guard and Liberty Natural Gas Company will be available to the public.

Two public meetings will be held in New Jersey as well.

Liberty Natural Gas has proposed building a liquefied natural gas terminal and 44 miles of pipeline off the coast of New York.

Last week, Weiner called on the US Coast Guard to hold hearings in New York City to ensure that area residents are able to discuss the proposal and hear from the relevant agencies firsthand.

Congressman Weiner Congressman Weiner In a letter to the Coast Guard, Weiner wrote, “To better understand the potential ramifications we need hearings in the affected communities — including the Rockaways. If we are going to make an informed decision, my constituents need to hear the proposal details directly from the responsible federal agencies and the company placing the pipeline.”

The latest plan comes in the wake of an announcement late last year that the Atlantic Sea Island Group had pulled its request to build a large manmade Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) island only 15 miles off the shore of Rockaway.

The company said that it had put its plans on hold due to the economy, the veto of the project by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the fact that the public had turned against such projects in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Those considerations did not stop the Liberty

Natural Gas Transmission Project, however.

The $550 million project is being touted by the companies as a clean energy source with minimal environmental impact that won’t be visible from the shore.

The new plan does not call for a massive man-made island on the surface of the ocean.

Under the proposal by Excalibur Energy, a joint venture between the New York-based Global LNG Inc. and Canadian Superior Energy Inc., the pipeline would stretch about 50 miles and have four underwater turrets on the seabed 15 miles due east of Asbury Park. Buoys attached to the turrets would hook up to supply ships.

The liquefied natural gas carried by the ships would be re-gasified onboard and pumped through the turrets into the pipeline, the company said.

The pipeline would head north around Sandy Hook and reach land in the area of South Amboy or Perth Amboy, using some existing lines to get to Linden, according to project spokesman Steven Some.

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