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Shell-backed plan for natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound nixed

New York Daily News

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 4:20 AM

The U.S. Commerce Department said Monday it opposed a proposed massive floating liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound.

Environmentalists hailed the decision as a victory over “the corporate Goliaths of our time.”

Politicians in New York and Connecticut have fought for years to stop what would have been the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas terminal. It would be four football fields in length and about eight stories high and 9 miles off Long Island and Connecticut.

After Gov. Paterson ruled against the project last year, Broadwater – a consortium of Shell Oil and TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. – appealed to the feds.

The Commerce Department said Monday that the project’s “adverse coastal impacts outweighed its national interest.”

“Today’s decision is the final nail in Broadwater’s coffin,” said Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-L.I.).

Broadwater may appeal the decision in court. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, was among its supporters. In a paid security study, the firm found the terminal would be “as safe a facility in design as you could possibly have.”

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