New York to block underwater LNG gas terminal

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will reject a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in the waters off New York and New Jersey amid criticism from environmentalists who decried the plan as dangerous and unnecessary.

Cuomo’s office announced the decision in a statement to The Associated Press. He will formally announce his opposition Thursday at an event on Long Island.

The deep-water docking station known as Port Ambrose was to be built 19 miles from Jones Beach in New York and 29 miles from Long Branch, New Jersey.

Liberty Natural Gas LLC had been vying to develop the port and said bringing more natural gas into the area would lower home heating prices. But environmentalists argued the port could hurt the environment and be a potential target for terrorists.

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