Monday, February 05, 2007

More Criticism for FERC's Broadwater Review

Evidence of just how bad the Broadwater environmental impact statement is continues to mount on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's website.

From the New York State Office of General Services:

The proposal entails a permanent removal of an area of unprecedented size from the State’s navigable waters for the LNG Project. The EIS should evaluate whether the conveyance of a leasehold or easement to a private entity for the Broadwater LNG Project of substantial acreage in the middle of the Long Island Sound waterway for the floating regasification plant, security zone, connecting pipeline and restricted channel is an abdication of the State’s public trust responsibilities and whether conveyance of such an interest can be done without impairment of the public interest in the lands and waters remaining.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

The DEIS inadequately supports its conclusion that the project will not significantly impact marine resources or public use of the Sound. The DEIS fails to provide a thorough alternatives analysis. The reports and information created by Broadwater are summarized in insufficient detail to inform the public as to the project’s impacts.

Even the U.S. EPA says more work needs to be done on the analysis. For more, click here and type in "Broadwater" in the "text search" box.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reviewing the DEIS, (perhaps it should be called a preliminary environmental impact statement, or PEIS),I have concluded that the LNG carrier route maps sweep out about half the area of potentially lethal risk to fishermen and shoreline residents.

Hazard zone 3, the outermost zone of the vapor dispersion of unvaporized still-liquid LNG that drifts downwind of the release point, about 30 feet above the water, can exist almost 7 miles from the point of release, not the 4 miles documented in the DEIS. This cloud can then warm up, mix with oxygen and ignite causing a firestorm, which can deplete the oxygen to people below.

The modeling used in the BroadWater study has been outdated by newer Sandia modeling for the Cabrillo Port LNG proposal, that looks just like BroadWater. Sandia made mistakes that the Long Island Sound USCG study did not take into account.


So, this isn't just about the exclusion of stakeholder use of areas of LIS, (which is very important) , but the inherint practical use-exclusion by fishermen and shoreline residents and inhabitants who fear being in the neighborhood of an LNG tanker route 3 times a week, times 2, (in and out) with a risk area of twice what is shown on the PEIS LNG carrier route maps.

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