Many of you have been wondering, “Why should I support an LNG terminal off the New York/ New Jersey coast that is owned by some shady characters in the Cayman Islands that have tried to bribe Governors Cuomo & Christie to approve it ?” Why indeed. Here’s 5 great reasons why you should get behind this sketchy scheme to ship our country’s gas reserves overseas as if we were some third-world commodity colony :
1. Gas prices are way too fracking low. It will raise the price of natural gas in your area ! The New York/ New Jersey area has some of the lowest gas prices in the country. Port Ambrose will correct that – foreigners will pay plenty to take the gas. 5x what it fetches here.
Make a sign for the January 7th hearing “Make My Gas Prices Higher Now Damnit” Write the governor: “Our gas prices are too damn low, greenlight Port Ambrose for pity’s sake !” Chant “We want higher gas prices and we want them Now !”
2. America has too much fracking gas. It will help get rid of America’s 20 year reserve of natural gas ! – Where better to ship our nation’s gas reserves than to Brazil ? What makes better sense than that ? You like their music and their beaches, let’s repay them by shipping them our gas supplies. It’s the American Way !
Make a sign for the hearing: “Ship Our Supply of Gas Overseas Fast !” And chant “Ship Baby Ship !”
3. We need to replace the World Trade Center as the World’s Number One Terrorist Target ! – The movie Syriana explains how that’s done: strap an RPG to the front of a speed boat and aim that bad boy at a loaded LNG tanker. Kaboom ! Paradise here I come ! I want my 72 virgins !
4. It’s cold outside ! It will make winters warmer ! – No more shoveling snow ! It will be the most potent producer of greenhouse gases on the East Coast. Every aspect of LNG, from the fracked well to the final delivery – vents methane into the atmosphere. And what better way to cook the 3rd rock from the Sun than with odorless natural gas ? Make a sign and a chant “Heat Baby Heat !” Turn New York into New Venice !
5. It will provide good jobs for gas lobbyists, frackers, offshore billionaires, commodity traders, firemen, burn control centers, crooked politicians, salvage divers, funeral directors, tax haven bankers, somebody in China, Brazil, etc. Anybody but you.
The highly automated terminal would have a total of six (6) full time employees: Manny, Moe, & Jack,(day shift) Larry, Moe & Curly (night shift) Positively NO SMOKING within 3 nautical miles of the site.
WHAT THE FRACK IS THERE NOT TO LIKE ABOUT THIS SCHEME ?
Here are the real facts on this nefarious scheme from Sane Energy’s Website
What is Port Ambrose? It’s a proposed marine facility for exporting LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) off the New York/ New Jersey shore. Two buoys (example shown at left) would be tethered to the ocean floor and connect ships to a proposed undersea pipeline that would deliver into existing gas infrastructure on Long Island. Not only would dredging for the pipeline create an environmental harm, potentially releasing a now-settled layer of toxins that had been dumped on the ocean floor decades ago; the tethers would continually scrape the ocean floor, preventing the marine ecosystem in that area from recovering.
What is LNG? Liquefied Natural Gas is methane that is cooled to approximately -260 degrees to liquify it; concentrating its volume by 600 times, in order to transport it in tanker ships that can be as large as the Empire State Building. Not only is the process of liquifying, transporting and re-gasifying extremely expensive—making LNG a costly fuel—it also costs our climate: LNG has a carbon footprint 40% larger than domestic shale gas (in itself a greenhouse gas with an effect on warming that is 86 times worse than carbon dioxide).
Where is Port Ambrose? To add insult to injury, the LNG facility has been proposed for the same area as a proposed wind farm—the choice between sane and insane energy couldn’t be clearer. According to Professor Mark Jacobson, in order for New York State to go 100% renewable, 40% of our power needs to come from offshore wind. Polls show that 90% of NY and Long Island residents support offshore wind, but if the LNG port goes in first, it puts the future of the wind farm in question.
Why is this project so risky? Although LNG is nonflammable in its liquid form, it is highly volatile during the time when it changes from liquid to gas. If a tanker were ruptured, the LNG would form a vapor cloud which would theoretically evaporate at sea. Unless an ignition source is at hand: James Fay, a professor at MIT, says, “Should one of these vapor clouds catch fire, the results could be catastrophic.” A 2004 study by the Sandia Laboratory, a division of the Department of Energy, suggests that such a fire would be hot enough to melt steel at distances of 1200 feet, or result in second-degree burns on exposed skin a mile away. “This would be bigger than any industrial fire with which we have experience,” Fay says. “There’s no way to put out that kind of fire.”
Such vulnerability makes Port Ambrose an obvious terrorist target. Al-Qaeda has specifically cited LNG as a desirable target, especially the ships. To build such a facility near New York City, the busiest harbor on the East Coast, and near the flight paths of three major airports, is reckless. The Council on Foreign Relations has said that the most feared attack would be one in which terrorists might tow an LNG tanker into a populated area (such as the Upper New York Harbor), where it could be used as a massive bomb threat.
Who’s behind Port Ambrose? Liberty Natural Gas is a paper corporation owned by nameless backers with a Cayman Islands bank account, West Face Capitol–which is concurrently developing a similar project, Port Meridian, in the UK. Both ports would be operated by Höegh, a Norwegian outfit that specializes in building LNG vessels. Liberty has filed Port Ambrose as an import facility, but, given market trends and the fact that they have European holdings, it’s possible that the port could be converted to export with the submission of a new application. Exporting would allow them to obtain higher prices in foreign markets, which would lead to more fracking in America, and higher fuel costs for domestic homeowners who use gas for heating.
What are the benefits? None that we can see. Though some temporary construction jobs may be created by Port Ambrose, only six permanent jobs would result. That’s a lot of damage and risk for six jobs. If instead, offshore wind were constructed here, the result would be a long-term investment in a Long Island port to service this new renewable energy hub, creating thousands of jobs and making New York the center of offshore wind investment dollars for decades to come. And wind farms, unlike the LNG port, become centers of renewed ecosystems after construction; their bases acting like coral reefs, spawning new marine life. This wind farm is far enough offshore that it is very unlikely to impact birds or bats, and would not be visible from shore. Not that we’d mind; we’d certainly rather see turbines than tankers.
What’s really going on here? It’s hard to say what Liberty’s true intentions are, as the company has omitted details and changed its story several times. They were chided by the reviewing agency for leaving off more than 100 required items from their application (the agency then gave them extra time to supply the answers). They’ve attempted to build an LNG facility in the NY-NJ harbor several times before, each time moving the proposal site and renaming the project. Governor Christie vetoed the project last time when it was closer to the Jersey shoreline, citing security and economic risks to the tourist and fishing trades. Liberty originally said Port Ambrose would supply gas from Trinidad and Tobago, but after investors sued over that scheme, they changed their story and said they would supply gas from the US Gulf States, where an LNG export terminal is not yet under construction. Since the port is filed as an import facility, the draft Environmental Impact Statement noted they would be required to supply foreign gas, not gas taken from domestic supplies. Liberty has since removed mention of where the gas would originate from their website.
The company claims that this project will supply gas to Long Island to cover peak winter use and reduce energy costs. They claim the project is in response to last winter’s cold snap, but this project has been under development for years. How they can claim their gas would be cheaper is a mystery, given how expensive it is to create and ship LNG, and given that domestic gas from Pennsylvania (currently selling for less than $2 a unit) already supplies Long Island. And LIPA recently killed a proposed gas power plant in Brookhaven, saying that Long Island has enough energy to cover anticipated growth for decades.
Who can stop it? Both Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo have veto power over this project. It’s up to us to make sure they both do the right thing and protect our public health.
Call Cuomo: (518) 474-8390 Call Christie: (609) 292-6000
You can also ask your town and state representatives to help. Here’s how.
Port Ambrose Hearing details here https://madmimi.com/p/642fb5?fe=1&pact=27390174934