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N.Y. Urged To Turn Down Broadwater: N.Y. Must Decide On Project This Week

WFSB.com (Channel 3 Eyewitness News): N.Y. Urged To Turn Down Broadwater: N.Y. Must Decide On Project This Week

POSTED: 7:18 pm EDT April 7, 2008
UPDATED: 7:49 pm EDT April 7, 2008

BRANFORD, Conn. — The state of New York must decide this week whether to approve a liquid natural gas terminal proposed for the waters of Long Island Sound.

Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and several concerned citizens said they were prepared to meet with New York’s secretary of state on Tuesday to discuss the plan. Bysiewicz said that she was told that the meeting was cancelled and a decision could be made as soon as Wednesday.

The barge could be floating in Long Island Sound in less than two years and won’t move for decades.

Shell Oil and Transcanada are behind the proposal and claims the project would save money in energy and help the environment.

Connecticut officials, including Gov. Jodi Rell and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said that the project is a disaster waiting to happen.

“There is no doubt from Madison to Stonington the impact of this facility,” said Rep. Joe Courtney. “If it goes forward it would be devastating to every single one of those communities.”

“Broadwater will be a sitting terrorist target and a disaster waiting to happen,” Blumenthal said.

The proposal was recently approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and now only needs New York’s stamp of approval.

Connecticut politicians and grassroots activists are now urging the Empire State to shoot the proposal down.

“Deny approval of the Broadwater project, that’s what we’re asking you to do,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro. “There’s too much at stake for the people of Connecticut to remain on the sidelines here.”

Blumenthal said that if New York does approve the project, he is prepared to take it to the Supreme Court.

“We will straight jacket Broadwater … so that a safer, saner project can take its place,” he said.

Some alternatives to the project include upgrading natural gas pipelines.

Previous Stories:

January 17, 2008: Conn. Hopes N.Y. Will Help Halt Broadwater

January 11, 2008: Feds: LNG Terminal Would Not Have Major Impact

January 23, 2007: AG Urges Officials To Reject Broadwater

January 10, 2007: Former NYC Mayor Discusses Local Project

September 22, 2006: Study: Natural Gas Terminal Feasible In Sound

 

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