My name is Margot Walsh. I represent the Jersey Shore Partnership, an advocacy organization for beach protection along the 137 mile New Jersey coast. We are responding to the application by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC (“Liberty”) to build a proposed liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) deep water port facility, called Port Ambrose, 38 miles off the Jersey coast, east of Monmouth Beach.
The construction and operation of Port Ambrose would have a strongly negative ecological impact on its surroundings, discharge millions of gallons of chemically treated seawater, and require the dredging of miles of sea floor. In addition, we must consider the potential havoc wrought to New Jersey’s coastline if an extreme weather event, such as another Hurricane Sandy, were to damage a vulnerable offshore facility of this type.
Our coastline has already experienced a natural disaster brought on by Sandy. We have yet to recover economically and emotionally and are still taking stock of what’s needed to rebuild. To now approve a mega project in a heavily industrialized and populated coastal area that borders New Jersey’s coast is asking for disaster.
We have learned never to say “if” – it is now “when.” The LNG project brings risks for New Jersey and New York. An accident at Port Ambrose will immediately impact New Jersey’s coastline, disrupting shore tourism, recreation, boating, commercial and recreational fisheries – all economic engines for the state and major quality of life issues.
New Jersey is not ready or willing to risk destruction of our coastline again through a mega project that we will have no control over, no financial benefit, and no benefits to our environmental landscape.
The project benefits Port Ambrose – not New Jersey. We, therefore, stand with Clean Ocean Action and many other concerned citizens in opposing the proposed Port Ambrose project.
Jersey Shore Partnership