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September 17, 2014
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Environmental groups target LNG port; For import or export?


One scientist argued that the technology used in the process of producing LNG, which involves cooling natural gas to 260 degrees below zero so that the volume is 600 times less than that of the original natural gas, is not being examined in the environmental impact statement that is part of the process, and it should be, because that is the ultimate goal of the company.

Because of such demands, the period for public comment has been extended to August 22.

Who is Liberty Natural Gas?

From the Liberty website: “Liberty Natural Gas, LLC, the developer of the Port Ambrose project, is a portfolio company of a fund advised by West Face Capital, a Toronto, Canada based investment management firm. In addition to the Port Ambrose project, West Face Capital and its affiliates are currently developing a deepwater port project in northwest England, known as Port Meridian, and are actively exploring opportunities for other international regasification/import projects.”

From the Clean Ocean Action website: “Liberty Natural Gas is a foreign energy interest – the corporation may be licensed in Delaware with an office in New York City, but it is managed by an investment group in Toronto, and entirely owned by a bank account in the Cayman Islands. There’s no way of determining whether this investment account owns anything else, or who owns the account.”