Saturday, October 29, 2005

Connecticut Asks FERC for a Formal Role in Broadwater Review

Because the LNG terminal proposed by Shell and TransCanada would be in New York's part of Long Island Sound, the state's coastal zone management staff (part of the Department of State) will get a chance to review the project (whether they can stop it is a question I can't answer).

But Connecticut's coastal zone program won't have a similar opportunity. Yesterday though the state formally asked FERC to allow it to review the proposal for the huge LNG facility.

DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy wrote to FERC, according to the New Haven Register:

McCarthy’s request cited a recent case in which federal officials allowed a New York agency to review a proposal to designate disposal sites for dredged material, even though the sites were all in Connecticut waters.

"FERC’s Broadwater licensing process poses an exactly parallel situation, given the potential effects of the construction and use of such an extensive facility on the resources and uses of all Long Island Sound, and given the remarkable level of public concern that has been expressed on both sides of the Sound," McCarthy said.


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