FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2015
LONG BRANCH, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, applauded New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of a proposed plan to build an offshore liquefied natural gas port 24 miles off the coast of Long Branch, New Jersey. Pallone has consistently fought against the proposed Liberty Natural Gas (LNG) Port Ambrose terminal, which poses a threat to New Jersey's ocean and coastline, crucial economic engines for the state.
“The rejection of this project draws a line in the sand that instead of focusing on industrial uses of the ocean, our country and the State of New Jersey should be encouraging the use of renewable energy resources,” said Congressman Pallone. “Such a forward-looking energy policy will protect our oceans and coasts, create renewable energy jobs here at home, and move us away from importing polluting fossil fuels from other countries. I thank Cindy Zipf and Clean Ocean Action for their years of advocacy and steadfast opposition to this project. I believe Governor Christie should also formally file his opposition to this dangerous proposal.”Last week, Pallone submitted a statement at a public hearing on the Final Environmental Impact Statement in opposition to the project and called for its rejection. The statement is available HERE.
In October, Congressman Pallone, sent a letter to Governor Christie urging him to veto the proposal. Governor Christie vetoed a similar proposed project in 2011, and in the letter Congressman Pallone asked the Governor to remain consistent in his opposition. The letter is available HERE.