Friday, March 03, 2006

Here's What People are Saying About the "No-Broadwater" Study Released Yesterday

There’s plenty of coverage in today’s papers about the release of the Synapse Energy report yesterday that says Shell and TransCanada have not shown there’s a need to put their Broadwater LNG terminal in Long Island Sound. Here are some representative quotes:

Rosa DeLauro:
"We already knew the environmental and economic damage Broadwater would cause to the Sound and we knew the impact it would have on our region's security," Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, said at a Capitol Hill press conference. "What we didn't know until this report was released was the extent to which this facility would not be needed."

Joe Lieberman:
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., said the plan "represents a trade-off between environmental protection and economic health we just do not have to make."

Chris Dodd:
“It's easy to say no,” Dodd said. “But we have some ideas (for alternatives.) The report today shows that from a pure energy standpoint, an LNG facility is not the best solution for our area.”

Steve Israel:
"This is not NIMBYism (not in my back yard). This is about common sense, and Broadwater defies common sense," Israel said.

And from Broadwater’s side:

Consultant Joel Rinebold:
"We need the supply and we don’t have the supply. The report does not address this," said Rinebold,

Flack Amy Kelley:
"Without additional supplies of natural gas to meet demand, consumers will continue to face increasingly volatile and escalating natural gas prices," she said.

Broadwater VP John Hritcko:
“Energy providers and planners have all been saying that the demand is there,” he said. “It isn't just Broadwater. This region desperately needs more gas supplies.”

A link to the Synapse report is in my previous post. You can read more in the New Haven Register, the Connecticut Post, the New London Day, and Newsday.


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