Friday, April 18, 2014
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Critics Claim LNG Import Terminal Is Really Meant for Exports

Opponents of plans to build a natural gas import terminal off the North Jersey coast urged federal officials late Wednesday to reject the project, saying the facility was in fact a Trojan Horse for an export terminal for abundant gas from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale.

Critics Claim LNG Import Terminal Is Really Meant for Exports

Opponents of plans to build a natural gas import terminal off the North Jersey coast urged federal officials late Wednesday to reject the project, saying the facility was in fact a Trojan Horse for an export terminal for abundant gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.

Around 200 people, many of them critics of the proposal, gathered in Edison for a public meeting with representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration who together will decide on the application from its developer, Liberty Natural Gas LLC.

Speakers from environmental groups including Clean Ocean Action and the Sierra Club dismissed a statement by Keith Lesnick, a Maritime Administration official, that the proposal is for an import terminal only, and that any plans for exports would require a separate permit application.

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