Environmental groups target deepwater port again
Also, three deepwater ports for exports have been permitted in other states in recent months. At the press conference, Bruce Ferguson of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy said, “We are becoming the new third world, the country that is going to be devastated by fracking so that we can provide other countries with cheap fuel supplies.”
Among his concerns is that an export facility would have “upstream impacts” in places such as the Upper Delaware Valley because of the increased demand for natural gas. He said, “The pressure created by Port Ambrose could be so great, that it would open New York to fracking, which has had a moratorium in place against it for five years.”
It’s not clear that there will be smooth sailing for Port Ambrose. The project could be vetoed at any time by either the governor of New York or the governor of New Jersey. And two years ago, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did veto the project, which has since been updated, because Christie said it posed too many risks.