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Gas disasters cause US utility to drop plans for terminal

A New Jersey utility has decided to abandon its 900,000-barrel liquefied natural gas terminal on Staten Island after recent gas disasters in Mexico and India had ''a serious impact'' on federal hearings on the facility.

''We have no confidence at all that we will ever get these (tanks) approved for operation,'' a spokesman for Public Service Gas & Electric Company said Wednesday. The decision ended 10 years of efforts by PSG&E to open the tanks, which are among the largest of their kind in the world.

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