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Proposed ocean gas terminal in waters off NY, NJ, faces environmental and terrorisms concerns

LONG BEACH, N.Y. – A company attempting to develop a liquefied natural gas transfer point in the waters off New York and New Jersey has been met by criticism from environmentalists who argue the plan is dangerous and unnecessary.

Liberty Natural Gas LLC has asked the federal government for permission to develop the deep-water docking station known as Port Ambrose.

It would be located about 19 miles from Jones Beach in New York and 29 miles from Long Branch, New Jersey.

The company says the docking port is needed to deliver liquefied natural gas to the New York metropolitan area. Liberty’s president Roger Whelan says it would mean lower home heating prices.

But environmentalists say the port could be dangerous to the environment and a potential target for terrorists.