Environmental News

New Jersey governor rejects liquid natural gas island


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has rejected a plan to build a liquified natural gas terminal 13 miles off the shore of Long Beach.

The 116-acre facility, dubbed Safe Harbor Energy by the group proposing it —Atlantic Sea Island Group – needs the approval of both Christie and New York Gov. David Paterson, as well as the U.S. Maritime Administration, before it can be built. Paterson has not yet announced a decision on the project.

"My administration is committed to bringing down energy costs for New Jersey families, creating jobs in these emerging industries and satisfying our growing energy needs with sources right here in the Garden State," Christie said in an Earth Day statement denouncing Safe Harbor Energy's proposal. "LNG facilities, however, are not the answer for New Jersey's needs. "