Saturday, May 1, 2010
NJ governor's "no" helps Rockaway
From the Daily News:
Rockaway residents are "breathing a sigh of relief," officials said Tuesday, after a key gatekeeper vowed to veto proposals for liquefied natural gas terminals off the Atlantic coast.
But the companies that want to build the terminals aren't sailing away just yet.
"This community really has a fear of this project. It does not serve a purpose for us or for the city," said Jonathan Gaska, district manager of Community Board 14 in Far Rockaway.
He and other local officials hailed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's pledge last week to oppose LNG terminals near the shorelines of New Jersey and New York.
Christie, who along with Gov. Paterson, has veto power over such projects, said LNG terminals "are not the answer for New Jersey's needs."
"I remain unconvinced of the need and efficacy of these facilities, or their ability to lower prices," he said.
Christie's pledge renders such projects "dead on arrival," said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens and Brooklyn).
"Let's not waste our time - pull the plug now," Weiner said.