Fed review boosts ocean gas terminal plan off NY and NJ; foes seek NY governor veto

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A company that wants to build an ocean terminal off the coast of New York and New Jersey to import liquefied natural gas says a federal review proves the project is safe and needed.

Liberty Natural Gas tells The Associated Press that an environmental impact statement by the U.S. Coast Guard proves the project should go forward.

Opponents plan to seek Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s veto of the project. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a previous iteration of the plan. Neither governor has commented.

Business and labour groups support the plan to bring additional natural gas into the New York area during times of peak demand. Opponents say it would be harmful to fishing and the environment, and is unnecessary because America already has large supplies of natural gas.