There is a proposal to put a Liquid Natural Gas, LNG, facility on the Delaware River in Gibbstown, NJ. A key decision about this facility lies with the Delaware River Basin Commission, the DRBC. They will be deciding on whether or not a giant pier can be built in the middle of the River to accommodate the huge supertankers to carry the liquified fuel.
Fracked Gas From PA
LNG is natural gas that has been super-cooled to negative 260 degrees Fahrenheit to make it liquid so it can be transported. For this proposed facility, fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania will be liquified at a plant in Wyalusing, PA. It would then be shipped by train or by trucks to this facility on the DE River in NJ. Note, the Trump Administration changed a regulation to allow this material to be shipped by rail. Otherwise, the facility in New Jersey could not exist.
LNG is extremely volatile and needs to be handled with extreme caution. An accident with LNG can cause a vapor cloud that can ignite and destroy everything for miles around. LNG tankers are often thought of as a prime targets for terrorists.
Groups fighting this like the Delaware RiverKeeper are working to pass resolutions in all of the towns along the rail and road routes in PA leading to this facility on the DE River. Surfrider Foundation’s South Jersey Chapter is working to pass resolutions in the NJ towns along that route, and they also have an action alert to stop this project for NJ residents. The Delaware Chapter is doing the same. We want towns along the Delaware River to pass resolutions saying they don’t want this facility and they don’t want the dangerous tanker traffic floating by their towns. Please get in touch if you want to try to pass a resolution agains this facility in your town Jweber@surfrider.org Sample DE Town Resolution here.
In the News
Chapter member Brian Moran wrote this Op-Ed that lays out many of the arguments against this facility here. And after to October 2020 oil spill, we drew attention to the LNG proposal as we call for no new fossil fuel projects in the day and age of sea level rise and climate change. Cape Gazette coverage here.