Thursday, October 11, 2007

Gas Plant Opposition

Legislators attack plan for gas plant off Long Beach

Four Democratic Nassau County legislators expressed sharp opposition Thursday to a plan by a Manhattan company for a liquid natural gas processing plant in the Atlantic Ocean south of Long Beach.

The four criticized local environmentalists for not opposing the facility and asked Gov. Eliot Spitzer to oppose the plant. It would be constructed on a 60.5-acre man-made island 13.5 miles south of the Long Beach boardwalk, where the legislators held a news conference Thursday morning.

"The project will pave over 116 acres of the ocean floor, kill all marine life in the area, permanently scar the landscape off of Long Island, and bring no new supply of natural gas to Long Island or New York State, and no economic benefit or relief to Long Island ratepayers," according to a letter from the four.

The proposal, by privately held Atlantic Sea Island Group of Manhattan, is pending before the U.S. Maritime Administration.

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