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Bayside resident Lynn Meyer, center sitting down, rallied along with other environmental advocates to call on Gov. Cuomo to veto the proposed Port Ambrose LNG pipeline off New York’s shore, calling it a safety and environmental hazard.

Lynn Meyer lives in Bayside, about 40 miles away from where a proposed controversial liquefied natural gas terminal could be placed off New York’s shore.

Despite the fact that Meyer is far removed from the facility’s proposed physical location, she said its potential effects could reach her and those beyond New York.

“It’s a very dangerous thing,” she said of the terminal. “It would damage the biosphere on the ocean floor and more importantly it would occupy the space where there could be a windfarm.”

That’s why Meyer, along with other environmental activists and city officials, rallied outside City Hall on Monday to call on Gov. Cuomo to veto the proposal.

“The Port Ambrose liquid natural gas terminal will have negative public health and environmental consequences for our coastal communities,” city Comptroller Scott Stringer, who attended Monday’s rally, said in a statement issued by Councilman Donovan Richards’ (D-Laurelton) office. Richards, chairman of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee, also attended the event, which fell on the last day for the public to give comments about the proposal.

“The extended public commentary period has become even more instrumental in the fight to convince Governor Cuomo, along with the regulatory federal agencies that the communities of Rockaway and Long Beach strongly oppose this project,” the councilman said.

The governor has the power to veto such projects. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2011 vetoed a similar proposal.

Meyer, a co-leader of the Queens-Nassau chapter of the national advocacy group Citizens Climate Lobby, said the Port Ambrose proposal could have disastrous effects on the environment.

“It’s a fossil fuel,” Meyer said. “It’s dirty, there’s no need for it.”

If the terminal — which would be in the Atlantic Ocean 19 miles away from Long Beach and 20 from the Rockaways — were to be built, ships would bring liquefied natural gas to it to be regasified and then brought to shore via a new pipeline connected to an existing one in Lower New York Bay, which serves both the city and Long Island.

Besides its possible environmental impact, Meyer also called the pipeline a threat to national security.

“It’s already known to be a favorite terrorist target,” she said.

She said the proposed facility would eliminate the possibility of placing wind turbines in the ocean, which has also been proposed.

“It would provide energy for Long Island and the whole East Coast and create jobs,” Meyer said of the wind farm. “The pipeline would only benefit the companies, who would bring in their own workers.”

The proposal has also run into opposition from other Rockaway representatives, including state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park).

Meyer said she has not met one New Yorker who is for the pipeline.

“No New Yorker can benefit from this,” she said.

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