TRENTON – Environmental groups are applauding Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to block a liquefied natural gas port that would have been built off the New Jersey coast.
“We think this is a good decision by the Governor,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “By placing the pipeline in the most densely populated communities in New Jersey this jeopardizes the public safety of these residents. Many of these areas are environmental justice communities and already have an overburden of pollution,” said.
The Liberty Natural Gas project would have built the offshore port near Asbury Park and install pipeline along the coastline and underground through Perth Amboy to a depot in Linden.
“The Governor’s veto today keeps New Jersey’s eye on the prize — environmentally and economically, we need to be developing clean renewable energy and becoming more energy efficient instead of relying on dirty and dangerous options like liquid natural gas on the Jersey Shore,” said Dave Pringle, director of the New Jersey Environmental Federation.
“This is a clear victory for the ocean,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action. “It is our most treasured natural resource and it will now be free from harmful industrialization.”
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