TYPE: Natural Gas
OPPOSITION: New York and Connecticut state governments; environmental groups; local residents
BACKGROUND: The Broadwater LNG Project is a $700 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility located in New York State waters of the Long Island Sound, approximately 9 miles off the coast of Long Island, New York, and 10 miles from the nearest shoreline in Connecticut. A joint venture of Shell and TransCanada, the Broadwater project consisted of a floating storage and regasification unit, storage facilities, and a subsea pipeline. When operational, Broadwater would have a send-out capacity of 1.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
The first application for Broadwater was filed in 2004. In March 2008, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its approval of the project. In June 2008, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a letter of recommendation for Broadwater.
Environmental groups and local residents loudly opposed the project. They warned it would “industrialize” the Long Island Sound and would be a target for terrorists. They also argued that the project would pose significant environmental dangers, contrary to FERC’s conclusion that Broadwater would have no significant environmental impact.
In response to public pressure, in April 2008 New York Governor David Paterson rejected the Broadwater proposal. Connecticut Governor Jody Rell and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal also publicly opposed the project. Broadwater appealed New York’s decision, but the U.S. Department of Commerce upheld the rejection in April 2009, effectively killing the Broadwater LNG Project.
SOURCES: FERC (http://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2008/01-11-08-eis.asp);
New York Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/04/28/2008-04-28_broadwater_challenging_li_sound_lng_edic.html; http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/04/14/2009-04-14_feds_nix_plan_for_li_sound_gas_terminal.html; http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/04/29/2008-04-29_li_sound_gas_plan_bubbles.html; http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/04/10/2008-04-10_governor_paterson_new_york_wont_approve_.html);
Downstream Today (http://www.downstreamtoday.com/projects/project.aspx?project_id=75);
Long Island Power Authority (http://www.lipower.org/pdfs/company/papers/broadwater/proddesc.pdf);
Anti-Broadwater Coalition (http://www.rpalumni.org/nolng/news.htm)
League of Women Voters Connecticut (http://www.lwvct.org/issues/action-archives/2007-08/water/042108-AG-broadwater.htm)
Last Updated: November 29, 2010