Atlantic Sea Island Group, LLC, on Tuesday announced that Jessie Roberson, a nationally respected management expert in the field of environmental technology and a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy, will join the Safe Harbor Energy team as the firm advances it plan for a strategic liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater terminal on a 60.5 acre man-made island some 23 miles from New York Harbor and 19 miles from New Jersey.
Howard Bovers, Chairman of the Atlantic Sea Island Group, stated, "This appointment underscores our commitment to ensuring a safe, reliable energy source for our region's future. For nearly twenty years Roberson has been directly involved in environmental operations and regulatory compliance programs, risk management, environmental technology and federal legislation that touches every aspect of our proposal.
Roberson's prior experience included President of a Director of Global Professional Services Division at CH2M Hill, where she managed engineering and consulting services for the environmental and energy sectors, domestically and internationally. She also served as Director of Regulatory Programs at Exelon Corporation where she provided governance, oversight and risk management for all environmental programs including air, land, water, recycling and waste.
Between 2000 and 2004, Roberson served as an Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy, where she served as the Agency's primary interface with Federal and state environmental organizations and primary spokesperson with media and external organizations regarding a broad range of environmental matters. She managed all professional, scientific, technical, managerial and administrative aspects of the nation's Environmental Management Program.
Roberson also acted as a lead negotiator with regulatory officials to negotiate, implement, obtain approvals/permits/certifications and licenses relating to environmental projects and emerging challenges, pollution control systems, Environmental Management System Certification and waste management activities.
Roberson managed the historic Rocky Flats Nuclear Waste Site clean up for six years. The most important challenge of the project was compliance with all clean air standards. She developed advanced models and deployed new technologies which proved so effective they were incorporated into the DOE's Management Procedures and deployed across all agency facilities. The management approach developed and employed for this project has been documented in a book "Making the Impossible Possible," and is utilized in graduate and business school curriculum.
Roberson received the National Black Engineers Award in 1996 for Professional Achievement in Government.
A solid base for reliable energy supplies
Located some 13.5 miles south of Long Beach, Long Island, far from population centers and outside vital shipping lanes, Safe Harbor is designed to bring reliable, cost effective global gas supplies to the New York metro region and the northeast United States.
Safe Harbor Energy will have the capacity to initially deliver up to 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day to 65 million consumers, ending the area's dependence on natural gas shipped up to 1200 miles from Gulf Coast terminals. The new terminal will store the LNG in four on-site tanks before regasifying the fuel to natural gas for transmission into the regional pipeline transmission system.
Safe Harbor Energy is designed with security, safety and environmental features a priority including meeting a 200-year storm design standard, self-sufficient systems for water supply, wastewater management, energy, fire and safety, and using "best available technology" consistent with the requirements of the Deepwater Port Act.
The Atlantic Sea Island Group, LLC is a consortium of private investors active in financing and development of energy and infrastructure projects.