The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has rejected a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the waters off New York and New Jersey amid plenty of local opposition to the development.
The terminal, known as Port Ambrose, was to be built 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island and 29 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey.
“My administration carefully reviewed this project from all angles, and we have determined that the security and economic risks far outweigh any potential benefits,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Superstorm Sandy taught us how quickly things can go from bad to worse when major infrastructure fails – and the potential for disaster with this project during extreme weather or amid other security risks is simply unacceptable.”
New Jersey governor Chris Christie vetoed a similar version of the proposal in 2011.