Friday, January 27, 2006

In the News: Man-Made Island in Ocean Proposed as Terminal for Natural Gas

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is again making headlines in the news as a new proposal would create a 53-acre man-made island 13.5 miles south of Long Beach, New York. The recently released plan comes on the heels of another proposal to place a floating terminal in the Long Island Sound. The debate continues among environmental groups, elected officials, and energy interests as to the best way to provide access for LNG facilities without adversly impacting natural resources and increasing security risks states this NY Times article. JB

LONG BEACH, N.Y., Jan. 26 — A $1 billion plan for a liquefied natural gas terminal on a 53-acre man-made island in the Atlantic Ocean between Long Island and New Jersey was unveiled Thursday by a new company.

The announcement comes as another proposal, for a ship-like floating terminal anchored in the middle of Long Island Sound, has drawn widespread opposition from environmental groups and public officials in both New York and Connecticut.

The new plan for an island, called Safe Harbor Energy, was announced by officials of the Atlantic Sea Island Group, a privately financed company. They said they would file an application in the next few months for government approvals.

The site is 13.5 miles south of Long Beach and 19 miles east of Sandy Hook, N.J. Company officials chose the Boardwalk here for a news conference that displayed a large plastic panel with a small gray mark representing the artificial island, to show that it would be barely visible. The mark appeared to be about a third the size of cargo ships on the horizon.

Read more...
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/27/nyregion/27plant.html?_r=1

Newsday's coverage...
http://www.newsday.com/business/ny-bzgas0128,0,2519958.story?coll=ny-main-tabheads1

1 comment:

Rachel said...

I've been away from town for a few weeks but just caught up with this news. Will the proposed facility be in Federal waters, meaning that local communities will have no say?

It's about time NY State (and Jersey too) ponied up to support meaningful energy conservation, and promotion of renewables, in partnership with ConEd, LIPA, and a NJ counterpart. Convert all streetlights to solar power, tax incentives for non-grid solutions (even if they feed into the grid), and planning! for crying out loud.

Thanks CMRC for highlighting this issue - keep up the good work!