Target: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Goal: Save the environment and protect public safety from an invasive and unnecessary liquefied natural gas terminal.
Wildlife habitat, air quality, and the safety of coastal residents are in jeopardy from a proposal to construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. Huge tankers will deliver LNG to the terminal, which will be connected to an underwater pipeline. The tankers will disrupt aquatic ecology, the need for LNG is unnecessary, and the terminal itself poses a threat to national safety. We must speak up now before this LNG port is approved.
Known as Port Ambrose, this LNG port facility, if approved, will be located 19 miles off the coast of New York and 29 miles from the coast of New Jersey. The company behind the port, Liberty Natural Gas, claims that the port will bring natural gas in from Trinidad and Tobago and other foreign markets for use in the New York area in times of high demand. However, the United States doesn’t need foreign natural gas. Domestic supplies of natural gas are actually at an excess. Environmentalists and some officials fear that the port will eventually be for export, increasing fracking operations in the United States and increasing greenhouse gas emissions globally.
LNG is natural gas that has been chilled to an extremely low temperature so that the gas turns into a liquid. This procedure of chilling into liquid for transport and heating back to a gas for use is energy intensive. LNG is actually three times more expensive than domestic natural gas and contributes more greenhouse gas emissions into our atmosphere due to the use of tankers for transportation and the energy needed for cooling and heating the gas.
To stop this port from being constructed, the governor of either New Jersey or New York needs to veto the project. The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, vetoed a similar proposal for a LNG port five years ago and we must urge him to make the same decision about this port too.
Port Ambrose will increase our dependence on foreign fossil fuels, act as a potential terrorist target near this heavily populated coast, disrupt aquatic life with tanker traffic, and contribute to climate change by supporting the nonrenewable energy source of natural gas. By signing this petition, you are urging that Governor Christie veto the proposal for this LNG terminal port.
Dear Governor Christie,
A LNG terminal off the coast of New Jersey and New York poses a huge risk to the environment and public safety. Port Ambrose is proposed to be an import facility but the United States does not need imported natural gas. We do not need to rely more on foreign fossil fuels.
Although Liberty Natural Gas denies the use of the terminal for export, this could likely happen. Export will increase fracking operations in the U.S., exhausting our resources and adding more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.
The facility itself poses a huge risk to aquatic life and public safety. To construct the terminal, dredging of the ocean floor will need to happen. Tanker traffic will lower water quality and aquatic wildlife habitat will suffer. Furthermore, the east coast is heavily populated and the tankers and terminal could be a target for terrorism.
You vetoed a similar project five years ago and I hope you make the same decision about Port Ambrose. Please protect aquatic life, air quality, and coastal residents from this LNG port.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Waterkeeping Alliance Inc.