Fight brews over potential natural gas port on Delaware River

Repuano site, Gibbstown, NJ

KIRK MOORE / WORKBOAT – A $450 million plan to redevelop a former explosives manufacturing site in New Jersey into a major natural gas liquids export terminal has Delaware River environmental groups marshaling forces to block the project.

Delaware River Partners LLC, a subsidiary of New York City-based Fortress Investment Group, is seeking permits from the Delaware River Basin Commission and other regulators to create the deepwater port at the former DuPont Repauno Works site near Gibbstown in Greenwich Township, N.J.

Project backers portray the 218-acre Gibbstown Logistics Center as handling automobiles for roll-on, roll-off vessels, non-containerized break bulk cargo, bulk products and liquids delivered by trucks or rail. New dredging on 45 acres of river bottom would connect new berths for two 966’ vessels to the federal channel at the same depth of 43’ …

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