Sept. 22 – The staff of Clean Ocean Action COA) will explain the complex issues surrounding the controversial world of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, which is trying to convince the public that the export of LNG from the US will be good for the economy.

The talk, open to the public, will be made at 6:30 pm, Monday, Sept. 22 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, to members of the BCC Environmental Club and BCC students, the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Club, and other environmental organizations. The event is part of a series of environmentally oriented talks billed as “Science Mondays” by the college.

Several years ago, the gas industry was promoting the construction of off-shore LNG terminals to import LNG to the US. As one industry press release put it, the terminals would help decrease the US dependence of foreign fossil fuels. However, as the environmentally destructive process called fracking has increased the available supplies of both domestic gas and oil, the gas industry now wants to export the US natural gas as LNG, which is cheaper on the world market than overseas gas supplies.

COA and other environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club, have been fighting the LNG industry because of the destructive impact fracking has on the environment, the fire and other safety problems LNG processing facilities will pose, the higher natural gas prices US consumers will pay if domestic supplies are exported overseas, and the disruption of social ties in communities where fracking occurs.

Last December, the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed offshore “Port Ambrose” LNG facility. The committee resolution was supported by 25 organizations in New Jersey that signed a letter urging the legislature to adopt the resolution.

COA also has opposed the Rutgers-led seismic survey off the South Jersey coast, which has been postponed until the summer of 2015.  Due to equipment malfunctions on their vessel, the researchers were unable to obtain the 30 days of data needed before the expiration of their federal authorization on August 17. While environmentalists are concerned about the environmental damages the blasting will cause, some also suspect the seismic survey could be a prelude to offshore studies seeking oil and gas deposits, as well. 

COA’s presentation is hosted by Brookdale’s Environmental Club to encourage students to be involved in statewide and national debates on critical environmental issues.  At the Lincroft meeting, a pizza and subs buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale’s Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms 1 and 2. Use parking lot 7.  As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf