Friday, January 28, 2011

Rockaway Public Hearing Announced on Proposed Natural Gas Terminal on February 8th

At the request of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens), the US Coast Guard has agreed to hold a public hearing for New York City residents on the proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 23 miles off the Rockaway shoreline.

The formal hearing begins at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, February 8th at Beach Channel High School. It is preceded by an open house at 5pm. Public meetings will also be held in Long Branch, NJ and in Edison, NJ.

Liberty Natural Gas has proposed building a liquefied natural gas terminal and 44 miles of pipeline off the coast of New York. Weiner called on the US Coast Guard to hold hearings in New York City to ensure that area residents are able to discuss the proposal and hear from the relevant agencies firsthand.

In a letter to the Coast Guard, Rep. Weiner wrote, “To better understand the potential ramifications we need hearings in the affected communities—including the Rockaways. If we are going to make an informed decision, my constituents need to hear the proposal details directly from the responsible federal agencies and the company placing the pipeline.”