Following an adverse decision in November from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) will announce in the Dec. 24 Federal Register the termination of Liberty Natural Gas LLC‘s Port Ambrose Deepwater Port license application and all related federal processing activities.
Liberty had submitted to MARAD and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) an application for a license and all federal authorizations required to own, construct, and operate a deepwater port for the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the United States. The deepwater port, known as Port Ambrose, was proposed to be located in the offshore waters of New York and New Jersey, in the New York Bight.
Upon completion of the environmental review process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the final public licensing hearings, Cuomo notified the Maritime Administration, by letter dated Nov. 12, 2015, of his disapproval of the Liberty Port Ambrose deepwater port project. MARAD can issue a deepwater port license only if the governor an affected state approves or is presumed to approve, issuance of the license.
In light of Cuomo’s disapproval of the application, Liberty notified MARAD, by letter dated Nov. 18, 2015, of its withdrawal of the Port Ambrose license application from the federal review process.
Cuomo’s disapproval was based on concerns related to his assessment of the proposed project’s inherent security risks, impacts of extreme weather events, disruption of commercial navigation and fishing activities, and the potential interference with currently pending renewable energy projects, like offshore wind, proposed for New York.