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Company Sends Offshore LNG Plan Back to Drawing Board

A company that proposed building a liquefied natural gas terminal off the central New Jersey coast has withdrawn its application, saying it will start over on a new plan in the future.

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Liberty Natural Gas LLC had applied to the federal Maritime Administration and the Coast Guard to build a facility 16 miles off Asbury Park.

But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the plan in February 2011, saying it was too risky to the state’s crucial tourism and fishing industries.

The company kept pressing forward with the plan. But in an April 10 letter to regulators, it noted it had made so many changes to the proposal that a new application would be needed.

Liberty says it will make such a filing once surveys and plans are done.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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