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Public Hearing on Proposed Liquid Natural Gas Port Set For Jan. 8

EATONTOWN: A proposal to build a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) port 28 miles off the coast of Monmouth Beach will have its only public hearing next week.

The developers of the proposed Port Ambrose, which would be located in the federal waters of the New York Bight, will have a public hearing on Jan. 8 at the Eatontown Sheraton, 6 Industrial Way, Eatontown from 6-8 p.m.

LNG is a natural gas is that has been converted to liquid form for ease of storage or transport and is primarily used for transporting natural gas to markets, where it is regasified and distributed as pipeline natural gas. LNG regassification vessels would deliver the material to port where it would vaporized on site and transferred into a line that would connect to the preexisting Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line.

A similar project was vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie in 2011 due to environmental concerns. Local environmental, labor and fishing groups have already begun speaking out about this project.

Liberty Natural Gas, the developer of Port Ambrose, must receive approval from a number of agencies for the project to be allowed including the US Maritime Administration which will ultimately decide whether or not to issue a permit that would allow for the construction and operation of the project.

During a 45-day timeframe after the public comment period has ended New York Governor Andrew Cuomo can notify MARAD of his approval or disapproval of the application or suggest license conditions to make the application consistent with state programs related to environmental protection, land and water use, and coastal zone management.

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