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March 11, 2008
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. – Given the sex scandal surrounding New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Senate President Donald Williams wants Connecticut to reach out to his lieutenant governor and persuade him to oppose Broadwater.

Williams said Connecticut should be prepared for Spitzer’s possible resignation because his administration is expected to make a decision soon on state permits for the proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound.

“Assuming there is a transition at some point in the near future, the new governor will have hundreds of issues on his desk and he’ll be required to get up to speed quickly,” Williams said. “We can’t afford to drop the ball on Broadwater.”

Spitzer is being pressured to resign after allegations surfaced of his use of high-priced call girl. If he left office, Lt. Gov. David Paterson would become governor.

Broadwater Energy, a consortium of Shell Oil and TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., wants to build a $700 million terminal that would be 1,200 feet long and 82 feet high, located 9 miles from Long Island, N.Y., and 10 miles from the Connecticut shoreline.

The site is in New York waters, but most Connecticut officials oppose the project, including Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell. In January, she wrote to Spitzer, asking him to help protect Long Island Sound from the natural gas platform

Spitzer, a Democrat, has been waiting until his Department of State completed its coastal zone consistency review of the project before announcing his position.

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