Long Beach LNG Press Conference Today 1/15/15

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The Long Beach City Council encourage you to come out to the Press Conference Against the Port Ambrose LNG Facility.

Today, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4pm
Long Beach Boardwalk at National Blvd (Allegria Hotel).

The Council will be joined by

  • Congresswoman Kathleen Rice,
  • State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky and
  • County Legislator Denise Ford

 

in their unanimous opposition against Port Ambrose, the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) site off the coast of Long Island.

Please share this information with friends, family and neighbors.

For more information on Port Ambrose and to leave a comment, visit https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/12/16/2014-29369/deepwater-port-license-application-liberty-natural-gas-llc-port-ambrose-deepwater-port

Rally Against the LNG Port Saturday 1/3/15 In Long Beach

 

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Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Port: the project no one wants didn’t go away. it’s back on the docket.

 

Title: “Stand Together Defend Our Shore from LNG!”

Groups: Sane Energy Project, No LNG Coalition + others

Date: Saturday January 3, 2015 10AM

Where: Long Beach Public Library

AD: 111 Park Ave. Long Beach, NY 11561

https://www.facebook.com/events/781677688565860/

 

This event on 1/3/15 is to enable people to take action, draw wider attention to the issue, help people to share the information, garner more attendees to the hearing.
The ONLY New York hearing is Wednesday, January 7, in Jamaica, NY- an hour away from front-line towns of Long Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout and Atlantic Beach
The 30-day notice of public hearing and public comment period fell during the holidays, obscuring public awareness and scrutiny.  We will draw attention to the issue, help people share the information, and facilitate residents to act, comment, organize and then attend the sole hearing on 1/7/15.

Speakers Include Assemblyman-elect, Todd Kaminsky, Members of Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club, Long Beach City Council, and more.”

 

 

Long Beach To Fight Port Ambrose LNG Facility

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With the threat of a newly revitalized approval process looming, The Long Beach City Council has unanimously decided to officially and publicly oppose the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas project proposed off Long Beach and our Barrier Island.

Long Beach City Council will speak at this public meeting:

Community Meeting – Port Ambrose Resolution Announcement
Monday 12/8/14 7:30pm
Long Beach Public Library,
111 Park Ave. Long Beach, NY 11561

RSVP for The event on facebook here

Click here for the official City of Long Beach web page about their fight against Port Ambrose:

Background:

After similar proposals had been shot down 3 times previous, I had first featured the project in June of 2013
please see our previous posts :

“Liquid Natural Gas Port Off Pt Lookout!?”

And

“LNG: They Said It Couldn’t Happen”

Back then, on very short notice, the sole public hearing was scheduled to coincide with the 4th of July weekend. Public outcry did force the date to a more accessible time a week later.

400 people went to speak against the project. .
25,000 comments were lodged Against the project
17 comments were lodged In Favor of the project.

Sometime shortly after that, the company’s paperwork was so atrocious, the Maritime Administration took the unheard of measure of “stopping the clock” on the project’s approval timeframe, instead of rejecting the project.

The company seems poised to return to continue the process where they left off. Opposition is building once again in anticipation of that.

No LNG Port / Global Frackdown in Long Beach October 19

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This weekend is the “No LNG Facility, No Fracking!” gathering in Long Beach.

It is Just our local edition of the Global Frackdown, simultaneously taking place in hundreds of cities around the world.

http://www.globalfrackdown.org/about/

The Global Frackdown will unite concerned citizens everywhere for a day of action on October 19, 2013 to send a message to elected officials in our communities and across the globe that we want a future powered by clean, renewable energy, not dirty, polluting fossil fuels.

There will be prominent environmental groups and speakers to help draw attention the these two problems facing us right now.

Nothing has changed the status of the proposed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) port directly off our shores.

It has not been legislated away, Governors Cuomo and Christy have not vetoed it.

It has not gone away and neither will we.

Join with like-minded individuals to help remind the politicians and regulators we do not want or need this LNG port

Location: Long Beach Boardwalk
National Boulevard
Long Beach, NY 11562
United States
When: 10/19/2013 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST

The link to the Long Beach Global Frackdown event page:

http://act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/GetTogether?cal_event_id=107421&gettogether=event_main&page=event_main&cal_invitee_id=&cal_activity_id=1000

Time to Act: LNG or Not

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The final in this LNG series.

These are the last days to make Public (YOU) Comments to the Maritime Administration by Thursday August 22, 2013.

These government employees and politicians are faced with paid professional lobbyists (and their pressure) on a daily basis but don’t get to hear much from the public. Probably one of the most pertinent quotes from a speaker at the hearing was Cindy Zipf, from Clean Ocean Action who said:

“By letting them know how we feel, we make it easier for them to say ‘no.'”

Remember : you have every right to make your voice heard.

Previous posts:

please see our previous posts “Liquid Natural Gas Port Off Pt Lookout!?”
And
LNG: They Said It Couldn’t Happen
And
LI LNG and the Media Silence
And
LNG: What’s the Problem?
And
Nassau Civic Groups Oppose LNG Port

for more in-depth info.

First up: links for YOU to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT:

click here for all the public information regarding the LNG Port licensing request :


Tell them no! Comment to the regulators on the project’s official government docket by clicking here by 8/22/13.

Click here to sign the Sierra Club petition : No LNG Port In NY / NJ Waters

Petition to Governor Cuomo to veto the project by clicking here

To see a synopsis of what was said and quotes from numerous speakers at the hearing click here.

Safety, air, water, environment, security, property, health :
If we are supposed to sacrifice these things in the name of something; some kind of benefit to ourselves, our community, our country, or mankind; no one has said what that benefit is.

Liberty Natural Gas is a fracking company / hedge fund based out of Calgary Canada with finances in the Cayman Islands – that is their business.

What could go wrong?

Well just since the hearing, lets have a look:

Right after my post on the exploding tanker, as if on cue, there was the “Disaster in Quebec”

24 dead, town blown up, company much less than helpful

Then, 2 days later, there was a real life “natural gas spill” in the Gulf Of Mexico

which “left a four-mile wide “rainbow sheen” on the water’s surface south of Louisiana, the Coast Guard said”

as the company yawned and said they’d get around to solving it in a few days.

Please can we get a pretty rainbow sheen for our waters, too?

See the story from CNN, “Coast Guard: Natural gas leak in Gulf.”

Then a week later this happened:

A second major spill –
“Wall St Journal: Gas-Well Blowout Revives Doubts on Drilling Safety”

That one they don’t know how to fix yet. Same problems as the BP oil spill -blowouts and capping problems.

I wonder about all the ones we’re not hearing about!

Oops, : Another secret massive oil spill where the media is being blocked out from filming, photographing and reporting anything besides what the company approves with help of government response teams :

Cold Lake oil spill leaking for months: Documents.

The same thing happened in the Exxon Arkansas neighborhood spill.

The company said it was too dangerous to have civilians and reporters in the area or helicoptering overhead so police and private security kept them out.

New information in that Arkansas Spill-
Exxon knew and didn’t care, kept pushing anyway ( I’m shocked!)

Environmental roulette so the few can get rich and cut and run in a disaster. If they’re caught, there is no criminal penalty and the fine is so small it usually amounts to a couple hours profits for these companies.

Pipelines and public lands – a bad connection!

I have found this industry article saying there is a connection between this project and the pipeline being jammed through the Rockaways, Brooklyn etc. so why isn’t the company forthcoming on this?

That Rockaways pipeline proceeds over public objections by running through public lands- the city’s at their Jacob Riis Park and the federal Government at Gateway National Park to avoid public intervention. I see a pattern here-

Will Jones Beach State Park be next?
It seems like its a real coincidence.

Washing up

Everyday, our beach has garbage wash up on it. Soda cans, tampon applicators, plastic bags, balloons are guaranteed -daily.

just everyday garbage that washes up on our beach.  you think this project won't add to this?

just everyday garbage that washes up on our beach. you think this project won’t add worse stuff to this?

Where does all the garbage come from? Much is from garbage barges that are 10-20 miles away.

We are foolish not to expect to see the effects of this project washing up regularly. And even scarier would be all the things washing up that you can’t see!

Tanker explosions, wackos, changed earth orbits

Oh my.
I took some flack over my fictitious story about the LNG tanker exploding on other blogs etc. I even merited my first “wacko”(bows) and I’m going to show you this picture that was made available to me that I am not far wrong.

As you can see from this diagram from Sandia National Laboratory THEY say this is a potential disaster and needs to studied.

As you can see from this diagram from Sandia National Laboratory, THEY say this is a potential disaster and needs to studied.

An interesting speaker spoke at the hearing about this very subject saying the industry has only studied pin size holes in gas lines.
There are no studies on a breach of the tankers hull.
Another speaker, an attorney for Suffolk County said in her research into the last LNG port, she was given a copy of the Maritime college textbook which claimed that if an entire LNG tanker exploded it would be powerful enough to “knock the earth off its orbit”.

And here I thought I was just taking things a little too far in making my point! Maybe I didn’t go far enough.

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Time To Decide

Thanks to CONCA (The Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations) for coming out AGAINST the project, forcefully. Read the letter at the link at the top.

Time is running out whether you decide or not, others are going to make their decisions. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson reminded us that “if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice”.

Of course, for both individuals and groups, silence will be taken as a

“yes, please give us your problem so you can offshore the profits to another country and leave our town on the hook for all the risk of your project, thank you!”

Make a statement on the official government regulators’ docket against the project on the links above.
I can’t stop you from copying and pasting that excellent letter from CONCA into those comments and adding your two cents… Just saying.

You can also find the Surfriders link here that will supply a downloadable opposition letter for you to make the case.

Please. Take. Action. Now!

It is obvious this is not going to be just our politicians or civic associations’ responsibility to do something about this.

It is our responsibility.

Please. Click the links above to let the government and everyone else know we do not want this.

Please. share this with everyone you know using the buttons below for email and social media.

Lets make people aware, lets unite and be heard.
Last chance!

#NoPortAmbrose

Nassau Civic Groups Oppose LNG Port

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CONCA, (The Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations), the largest association of Nassau County civic associations, to which Point Lookout Civic Association belongs, has come out against the Port Ambrose LNG Terminal off our shores.

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Their letter to the Regulators:

(On CONCA letterhead to the Maritime Administration)

Dear (Maritime Administration):

The Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations (“CONCA”) is comprised of multiple civic associations, representing hundreds of thousands of respective resident-taxpayers, located in Nassau County.
CONCA is writing this letter to oppose Liberty Natural Gas and its plan to build a deepwater liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) facility, called Port Ambrose, 19 miles off the south shore of Nassau County; and is doing so for the following reasons:

First is climate change. Due to global warming, severer weather events are being forecasted for Nassau County, and more frequently. Keeping in mind Nassau’s south shore is still struggling to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, situating Port Ambrose less than 19 miles south of Nassau County would stress communities to the breaking point if the facility was damaged by another extreme storm.

Second is security. In recent weeks, LNG facilities in Yemen were reportedly on Al Qaeda’s target list. Port Ambrose’s proposed location is at the entry of New York Harbor. Given the U.S. Coast Guard’s drastic funding and personnel cuts, this poses a security threat to the entire region. Simply, Nassau County’s southern coast could not be assured adequate protection if reassigned USCG vessels were forced to undertake the full-time job of guarding LNG tankers coming in and out of NY Harbor.
If there was a terrorist attack on Port Ambrose or the facility was damaged by an extreme storm (or otherwise ruined), the domestic natural gas currently feeding Long Island would be severely compromised, possibly causing Nassau residents and businesses to lose their entire supply.

Third is intent. Perhaps of greatest concern is not that Liberty intends to import natural gas to Long Island; but rather the technical ease in which it can convert Port Ambrose from an import to an export facility; requiring only written permission, but neither a public hearing nor comment period. In addition, the process of liquefying our domestic natural gas has become conveniently simplified in recent years, to the point where it can be effected on board ship.
Like water, natural gas is a local, natural resource. Also, our supply is not infinite. It is indeed limited; and should neither be owned nor mined by a foreign company to be sold outside the U.S. CONCA’s concern is Liberty will hasten domestic depletion at the expense of current and future generations. And, as the demand for natural gas grows overseas, exportation is sure to increase as well. Already, licenses have been issued to export 40% of all the natural gas mined in the United States. The bitter irony is as overseas energy markets profit, Nassau will not reap any of the benefits, financial or otherwise. In fact, by depleting our own inexpensive, domestic supply, we will be increasing its price here on Long Island. Evidence shows exporting natural gas will increase the cost to heat our homes, as foreign energy enterprises reap massive profits overseas.

Fourth is hydrofracking, which CONCA deems an environmental death sentence. Given natural gas is in great demand and will fetch much higher prices overseas, the Energy Information Administration has already predicted record setting production rates; and the most financially expedient way to satisfy this accelerating demand is hydrofracking, the fastest and cheapest method of mining the resource. If NY State were to lift its current ban on hydrofracking, this would, in effect, free the energy companies, allowing them free reign to contaminate the land; pollute ground and drinking water; and change the State’s landscape forever. And, since they will require a terminal to export the gas, the Port Ambrose facility will satisfy their needs and facilitate their ambitions, including justifying over-mining the resource and advancing hydrofracking in NY State.

Lastly, alternatives to fossil fuels must be aggressively pursued to assure our future welfare. Advancing natural gas production for sale in foreign markets is not in the best interest of Nassau County nor the Country.

Therefore, CONCA, on behalf of the multiple civic associations and myriad resident-taxpayers it represents, requests the Maritime Administration deny Liberty Natural Gas any and all permits to construct Port Ambrose off the south shore of Nassau County.

Respectfully submitted,

Philip Franco, President