Energy companies eye Jersey Shore for gas terminal
Some big energy companies have their eyes on the Jersey Shore for the construction of a terminal that could possibly help bring down the cost of natural gas.
ExxonMobil is one of six companies interested in building an offshore terminal to import liquefied natural gas. The company says the proposed terminal would be approximately 20 miles offshore and away from ports and recreational areas.
The proposals come with much criticism from environmentalists, lawmakers and fishermen.
Governors in Connecticut and Long Island recently turned down a similar proposal for the Long Island Sound. Now, lawmakers want to know why energy companies think the plan would be any better for the Garden State.
?Are we gonna stand by while Connecticut and New York say 'not in [the] Long Island Sound, but off the Jersey Shore?' No. Not on our watch,? Rep. Frank Pallone says.
Critics say their concerns are about the environment and potential terrorist threats.
The proposals need approval at the state and federal level. If approved, the project could be online by the middle of the next decade.