NYC officials, activists opposing Port Ambrose project

Some New York City elected officials and environmentalists are opposing a plan to build a liquid natural gas terminal near New York Harbor.

Liberty Natural Gas wants to build a deep-water port in federal waters 19 miles off Jones Beach, New York, and 29 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey.

20150316 SHIP LNG 1200The company says the Port Ambrose terminal would bring additional natural gas into the New York area during times of peak demand, thereby lowering home-heating prices. It disputes the environmental claims.

Comptroller Scott Stringer and several City Council members jointed activists at City Hall on Monday to protest the plan.

They said that the terminal posed environmental dangers and called on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto the plan.

The governor has not said whether he’ll approve the proposal.

In New Jersey, Clean Ocean Action, a regional coalition based in Sandy Hook, opposes the Port Ambrose project.

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Alan Tu contributed to this report.

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