STATUS: Suspended Indefinitely
TYPE: Natural Gas
OPPOSITION: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; Clean Ocean Action; Yes We Can Long Island; New York City chapter of the Surfrider Foundation; state legislators; local residents
PROSPECT: Highly Unlikely
BACKGROUND: Atlantic Sea Island LLC (ASIG), a consortium of private investors, proposed a deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on a 60-acre man-made island 13.5 miles south of Long Beach, Long Island, New York. In addition to the floating island and LNG terminal, the project would include a subsea pipeline connecting the island to the KeySpan onshore natural gas pipeline. The project was projected to cost $1.8 billion. Once operational, the Safe Harbor Energy Project would deliver 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the New York metropolitan region and create 50-60 direct jobs. ASIG filed an application for a license under the Deepwater Port Act with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration on September 13, 2006. The original completion date was estimated to be 2014. Environmental groups lined up against the project, calling it “Insanity Island” and urging New York and New Jersey lawmakers to deny its permits. Bowing to this pressure, in the fall of 2007 New Jersey successfully suspended regulatory timeline while the Maritime Administration considered designating the project as an adjacent coastal state, a designation that was upheld by the courts. Public scoping meetings for the project were held in 2009 and 2010. However, in August 2010, citing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and opposition from New Jersey’s new Governor, Chris Christie, ASIG formally withdrew its application to construct Safe Harbor Energy, placing the project on a indefinite suspension.
SOURCES: Safe Harbor Energy project web site (http://www.atlanticseaislandgroup.com/project_overview.shtml);
Clean Ocean Action (http://www.cleanoceanaction.org/index.php?id=66&tx_mininews_pi1[showUid]=46&cHash=5561b1f685);
Downstream Today (http://www.downstreamtoday.com/projects/project.aspx?project_id=106&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1).
LAST UPDATED: November 15, 2010