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NEWS: FRACKING FOR NATURAL GAS BRINGS FRACKING WASTE DISPOSAL ISSUE? ACROSS STATE LINES.
PLUM ISLAND IN LONG ISLAND SOUND ISSUE UP IN D.C.
LNG proposal and gas pipeline alive elsewhere - remember the Long Island Sound threat some years ago? Four football fields long and 8 stories high...on our side of L.I.S. the story went like this...
ALTERNATIVE POWER SUPPLY...OR
OIL? How about shale oil issue relating to price crisis?
COST OF POWER IN CT AND LINK TO SOURCE;
ELSEWHERE - "ON THE WATERFRONT"
JUST WHEN WE'D FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT...PLUM ISLAND RE-EMERGES
PRESENTATION AT JAN. 18, 2018 SELECTMEN'S MEETING
Background source: http://wastefreect.org/
Gas Pipeline Plans Face Stiff Opposition
Gregory B. Hladky, Courant
Jan. 18, 2015
CT favors natural gas.
Winter power, gas supplies, new pipelines – a volatile mix in CT
By: Jan Ellen Spiegel | December 14, 2015
...Last winter liquefied natural gas came to the rescue. For the first
time in many years, LNG’s price was low enough that it was imported to
the Boston area and injected into the pipeline system to flow east to
west, opposite to the usual direction. That took the pressure off the
rest of the system...
ISO New England news, link from this story: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2641937-ISO-Winter-Reliability.html
Basic story - New Generating Capacity and other matters: http://ctmirror.org/2015/12/14/winter-power-gas-supplies-new-pipelines-a-volatile-mix-in-ct/
Building Greener Ships, to Keep the Sea From Rising
By HENRY FOUNTAIN
DEC. 8, 2015
Story in full:
SPECIAL SESSION IN ALASKA
Alaska Gov. Walker calls special legislative session on gas line megaproject
Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Dispatch
September 24, 2015
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday called state lawmakers to a special
legislative session in Juneau next month, challenging them to toughen
their stance toward oil producers working with the state on a natural
gas pipeline megaproject.
Walker’s proclamation ordered the special session to start Oct. 24. It
calls for lawmakers to consider a tax on natural gas unproduced in the
ground on the North Slope as a way to push the pipeline project forward
-- an idea that’s sure to be controversial and that was soundly defeated
in a 2006 ballot measure...story in full: http://www.adn.com/article/20150924/alaska-gov-walker-calls-special-legislative-session-gas-line-megaproject
Gas line team agrees to study larger pipeline
Alex DeMarban, Alaska Dispatch
September 23, 2015
Partners in the massive Alaska LNG project have agreed to study a larger
line as proposed by Gov. Bill Walker, a $40 million process that could
take months to complete, adding another step that needs to be cleared
before the project can move ahead.
Also, concerned with public apathy about an effort the state has pursued
unsuccessfully for decades -- to tap and sell gigantic volumes of North
Slope gas -- the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. has proposed
launching a communication campaign to educate the public about Alaska
LNG...story in full: http://www.adn.com/article/20150923/gas-line-team-agrees-study-larger-pipeline
Governor finds strong interest from Asian LNG buyers on Japan trip
Alex DeMarban, Alaska Dispatch News
September 22, 2015
After what he called an unusually warm reception in Japan, the head of
Alaska’s gas marketing team said a likely next step will be securing
early agreements with Asian utilities interested in buying the state’s
North Slope natural gas.
During Gov. Bill Walker’s recent weeklong visit to the country, all but
two of a long list of potential gas buyers said they were interested in
taking discussions to the next level, sending positive signals that
could help bolster one of the world’s costliest projects, said Audie
Setters, a former Chevron executive with years of experience helping to
create global LNG projects, such as the Gorgon project in
Australia...story in full here:
Broadwater abandons LNG project in Long Island Sound
Judy Benson, The DAY
Published March 07. 2012 7:02PM
Updated March 07. 2012 7:03PM
The Broadwater Energy project on Wednesday informed the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission that it is vacating the FERC permits it received
in 2008 to construct and operate a liquified natural gas processing and
supply facility in the middle of Long Island Sound.
Broadwater has not begun any aspect of the construction, and “has
determined not to go forward with any aspect of the LNG project,”
Broadwater Attorney Kenneth Wiseman wrote in a letter to FERC...story in full:
Broadwater Decision Pleases
By Christopher Keating on April 13, 2009 7:26 PM
Virtually the entire Connecticut Congressional Delegation stepped
forward Monday to praise the decision by the U.S. Department of
Commerce to uphold New York State's decision against Broadwater, a
highly controversial floating terminal that had been planned for the
middle of Long Island Sound - just over the Connecticut line in New
In addition to Senators Christopher Dodd and Joseph Lieberman, U.S.
Reps. Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Chris Murphy have
fought against the LNG project...for story in full go to Hartford Courant.
Nemesis to state
resigns at FERC
Kelliher was the federal government
champion of Broadwater, the monstrous liquefied natural gas platform
proposed for Long Island Sound. More so, however, as head of FERC,
Kelliher was an advocate for trampling on the rights and authority of
states and local communities to control their destiny on energy issues...story in full at CT Post.
Connecticut Post Staff
Updated: 01/12/2009 06:48:38 PM EST
Joseph Kelliher is not exactly a household name in
Connecticut, but state residents have reason to cheer his decision to
step down as head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Global Demand Squeezing Natural Gas Supply
By CLIFFORD KRAUSS
Published: May 29, 2008
CAMERON PARISH, La. — The cost of a gallon of gas gets all the
headlines, but the natural gas that will heat many American homes next
winter is going up in price as fast or faster.
That fact makes the scene in the languid, alligator-infested marshland
here in coastal Louisiana all the more remarkable...“I know the L.N.G. will come and we’ll make a profit on this,” said
Darron Granger, a Cheniere senior vice president. “I just can’t say
when.” Story in full at NYTIMES.
Broadwater To Appeal Setback
April 29, 2008
Elected officials and environmentalists shrugged off an announcement
Monday by Broadwater Energy that it would appeal to the U.S. commerce
secretary in its bid to build the world's first floating liquefied
natural gas terminal, in Long Island Sound.
Broadwater's decision comes after Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, and
New York's David Paterson, a Democrat, announced opposition to the $700
million terminal. Broadwater is a consortium of Shell Oil and
TransCanada Pipelines Ltd...
"They can appeal all they want. We are very confident they are going to
lose," said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens
Campaign for the Environment...story in full at Hartford Courant.
NOTE: The terminal might be size of the Queen Mary 2
— "...The length of four football fields and about 8 stories high. It would
be 9 miles off the north shore of Long Island and 11 miles from the
Connecticut coast" the Courant's story says.
Bill Would Give States Power Over LNG
Sites; One terminal has been proposed for Long Island Sound
Published on 4/9/2008
Portland, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, backed by influential
peers, introduced a bill try to recover state authority for licensing
and siting liquefied natural gas terminals from federal energy
The Oregon Democrat was backed by presidential candidates Sens. Hillary
Clinton and Barack Obama as well as Connecticut Sens. Christopher Dodd
and Joe Lieberman...story in full at DAY.
By DAVID FUNKHOUSER And JESSE A. HAMILTON | Courant Staff
12:40 PM EDT, March 20, 2008
Federal energy regulators today approved Broadwater Energy's
application to moor a natural gas plant in the middle of Long Island
Sound, a key turning point in more than three years of study and
argument over the controversial project.
At a meeting in Washington, commission Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher said
the project proposal meets federal safety and environmental standards
and noted the commission imposed some 80 conditions intended to further
mitigate its impact.
Kelliher also criticized unnamed "public officials" who he said "have
done a disservice to the citizens in the region" by "exploiting fears"
of a threat to public safety and environmental damage. Pointing to the
thousands of pages of documents prepared in the course of the project
review, he said charges by local officials and others that the FERC
report is inadequate are false.
Broadwater Energy, a company formed by Shell Oil and TransCanada
Pipeline, is proposing to build a 1,200-foot-long vessel to process
liquefied natural gas and pipe it to New York and Connecticut. The
facility would be moored to a fixed tower in the middle of the Sound,
about nine miles from Long Island and 10.5 miles from Branford...full story at Courant.
U.S. May Act Soon On Broadwater
By DAVID FUNKHOUSER | Courant Staff Writer
March 15, 2008
The federal agency charged with reviewing the Broadwater natural gas
project in Long Island Sound could make its long-awaited final decision
Thursday in Washington.
The controversial project is on the agenda of the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission, and the panel will hear a presentation from its
staff, said spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen.
Even if approved, the project still needs approvals from three New York
State agencies to go forward. Opponents in Connecticut, including
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, have vowed to take the matter to
court if Broadwater wins approval from federal and New York state
The soon-to-be governor of New York, David Paterson, said he was
considering postponing a decision on the project. The New York
Department of State is due to rule by April 11 whether the project
meets that state's standards for the use of coastal resources.
Paterson takes over Monday from Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who will resign
from office that day following revelations of his use of a high-priced
prostitution service...BROADWATER decision out of former Governor's hands.
Rell: LNG Task Force Report 'Scathing
Indictment' - Broadwater Claims The Study Is Flawed, Governor
Published on 3/13/2008
The task force created by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to evaluate the floating
liquefied natural gas terminal proposed by Broadwater Energy for Long
Island Sound has written a “scathing indictment” of the project in its
Rell said in a news release Wednesday that the report concludes that
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's environmental-impact
statement on the project, which favors its approval, is deeply flawed.
The task force, which Rell formed 21/2 years ago, reviewed the report
and other documents, conducted public hearings and heard expert
testimony from scientists.
“My panel has reached three major conclusions,” Rell said. “FERC never
performed a serious analysis of the potential environmental
consequences; FERC undertook an absurdly limited review of the
alternatives to Broadwater; and the alternatives will likely be meeting
the energy needs of both Connecticut and New York before the Broadwater
project is ever completed and on line.”
In a written response, John Hritcko Jr., a senior vice president and
regional project director for Broadwater Energy LLC described Rell's
statement at “vitriolic and factually flawed.” Story in full at DAY.
Gas terminal gains
By Brian Lockhart
Published December 2 2007
Roger Daskam, owner of Grand Prix Service auto repair in Stamford, does
not understand the opposition to Broadwater Energy's plan to locate a
liquefied natural gas terminal in the middle of Long Island Sound...
See ADVOCATE for story in full.
LNG plant should give Sound a wide berth
CHARLES WALSH column
Article Last Updated: 05/29/2007 08:49:20 AM EDT
If you are like me (and I know that is asking a lot), you
want to jam your fingers into your alimentary canals and hum the
national anthem whenever you hear somebody start talking about the
Broadwater floating gas terminal that Shell Oil and Trans Canada Corp.
want to put in the middle of Long Island Sound.
You just know the person or persons doing the talking are either
rabidly for, or rabidly against, the idea of permanently anchoring a
1,200-foot-long factory ship 14 miles off Branford. As such, they give
a one-sided, fact-selective view of the project's advantages or
disadvantages, skillfully leaving out mitigating factors that might
bolster the other side's position. When they are done you find yourself
more confused than when they started. You had precisely the same
positive reaction a week ago when someone from the other side delivered
Study: LNG Tanker Blast And Fire Could Be
Intense Enough To Burn Victims A Mile Away
By H. Josef Hebert , Associated Press Writer
Published on 3/15/2007
Washington — Fire from a terrorism attack against a tanker ship
carrying liquefied natural gas could ignite so fiercely it would burn
people one mile away, according to a congressional study. It
examined terror risks on the nation's waterways and concluded that
further research is needed to understand the consequences of such a
LNG Tanker-Traffic Concerns Lodged;
Ferry Service, Lobstermen: Broadwater Plan Would Create Problems In The
By Judy Benson , Day Staff Writer
Published on 2/3/2007
Cross Sound Ferry and two Noank lobstermen who fish in The Race are
concerned that locating a floating natural gas terminal in the middle
of Long Island Sound could severely hamper their operations...
Governor's Task Force Needs 'All These
Basic Questions Answered' - Broadwater questions panel's representation
By Judy Benson
Published on 1/24/2007
Hartford — The governor's task force on a proposal for a floating
natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound said a federal environmental
impact report on the project is seriously flawed, containing incomplete
and incorrect science on safety, environmental and other aspects.
The Long Island Sound LNG Task Force, headed by state Sens. Len Fasano,
R-North Haven, and Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, submitted a 48-page
analysis of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission environmental
report Tuesday and released it to the media at a Capitol news
“We're saying, 'Stop.' We need to have all these basic questions
answered,” Stillman said...
DEP Faults Federal Analysis Of Broadwater
LNG Impact; State officials: FERC report comes up short
By Judy Benson
Published on 1/24/2007
Hartford — The state Department of Environmental Protection has told a
federal regulatory agency that it has not substantiated its conclusion
that a floating natural gas terminal could be located in Long Island
Sound safely and with little harm to the environment, and has called on
it to do more extensive analysis on the legal, aesthetic and wildlife
The DEP's comments were submitted Tuesday to the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission, the agency considering whether to approve
Broadwater Energy's plan to park a liquefied natural gas terminal in
New York state waters 10.5 miles south of the Connecticut shoreline and
nine miles north of the Long Island shoreline.
Also filing comments Tuesday critical of FERC's analysis of the
Broadwater project were Gov. M. Jodi Rell's LNG Task Force and state
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Both told FERC its report failed
to address key legal, safety and environmental issues and should be
redone...this story and others at DAY.
Group Criticizes LNG Environmental Report
By Judy Benson
Published on 1/23/2007
Hartford - The governor’s task force on a proposal for a
floating natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound is calling on
federal regulators to extensively redo its environmental impact report
on the project, saying it found the assessment failed to consider
several key aspects.
The Long Island Sound LNG Task Force, headed by state Sens. Len Fasano,
R-North Haven, and Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, submitted a 48-page
analysis of the environmental report to the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission today, FERC’s deadline for comments, and released it to the
media at a Capitol news conference.
The FERC report concluded that the Broadwater Energy terminal and
tankers that would supply it with liquefied natural gas would have
minimal environmental impacts, that safety, security and environmental
effect could be satisfactorily minimized, and that it would fill a need
for natural gas in the New York and Connecticut. The draft report is
the basis for a final report, expected to be completed in three to four
months, that will recommend whether FERC should approve the project...
Published on 1/11/2007
Connecticut has made it resoundingly clear that even though the
proposed Broadwater liquefied natural gas terminal will be in New York
territorial waters, this state has both a large stake in the outcome of
the matter and serious questions about the proposal that require clear
answers from federal regulators...
Gov. Rell led off the salvos of opposition to the project in a
statement read into the record by her commissioner of Environmental
Protection, Gina McCarthy. The governor characterized the move as a
taking of public property, colorfully comparing what would take place
as akin to obtaining an easement to drive through someone's gardens or
to locating an industrial plant in the middle of a national park. The
testimony included a repetition of the point that the project would
result in the act of handing over property held in public trust to a
private industry. Broadwater is a consortium of energy companies led by
Shell Oil Co.
The governor demanded and the state is entitled to influence FERC's
decision. Connecticut and New York are jointly responsible under law
for protecting Long Island Sound, and collaborate in confronting
pollution and other threats to the well-being of the Sound. They
arguably get little help or encouragement from the federal government...editorial in full at the DAY.
Scientists Cite Flaws In LNG Assessment;
Finding Of Minimal Impact On Sound 'poorly researched'
By Judy Benson
Published on 12/8/2006
Four scientists who specialize in the geology, biology
and ecology of Long Island Sound told a state panel Thursday that the
federal analysis of how a floating liquefied natural gas terminal would
affect the Sound is seriously flawed...story in full at the DAY.
Gas Plant: Decision Ahead;
Federal Regulator Says Agency's Review Is Limited To Safety
DAVID FUNKHOUSER, Courant Staff Writer
As chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Joseph T.
Kelliher wants to make a few things clear about his agency's review of
a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound...story in full at Courant.
LNG Firm Agrees To Pay $23.5 Million For
By Associated Press
Published on 12/3/2006
Boston (AP) — Developers of one of two liquefied natural gas terminals
proposed offshore from Gloucester have agreed to pay $23.5 million in
fishing and environmental impact compensation, according to a published
The Boston Globe reported Saturday that the deal, common on major
infrastructure construction projects, was reached Friday between
Texas-based Excelerate Energy and the state, giving it environmental
approval from the state. Excelerate proposes to build its Northeast
Gateway terminal 13 miles off Gloucester.
Gov. Mitt Romney still must give final approval of the Excelerate
Energy project, and has until Dec. 26 to make a decision...story in full at DAY.
Lawmakers Expect Boost In LNG Fight; New
England Democrats to have more leverage
By ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press Writer
Nov 26, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New England lawmakers say the Democratic takeover of
Congress should strengthen their hand as they press federal regulators
for a regional approach to siting liquefied natural gas terminals.
Proposed LNG facilities in Massachusetts and in Long Island Sound
between Connecticut and New York have been controversial, stoking
concerns about public safety and the environment.
Because key Democrats from New England will be assuming more powerful
roles in the new Congress, advocates for a regional LNG strategy expect
to have more leverage in persuading federal officials to scrap the
current project-by-project review of proposed facilities - and to start
looking at the proposals from a broader perspective before giving
approval...story in full at DAY.
The Energy Conundrum; What Broadwater and
rising electric rates in Connecticut have to do with each other.
Published on 11/21/2006
Not to anyone's surprise, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has
concluded that a proposed floating liquefied natural gas terminal in
Long Island Sound would not damage the environment and would fill a
critical need for energy in New York and Connecticut. Just as
predictably, critics in the state, including Attorney General Richard
Blumenthal, have vowed to fight on against this project...Editorial in full at DAY
Little impact seen from Gazprom plan not to
ship gas to US
Last Update: 12:00 PM ET Oct 12, 2006
(This article was originally published Wednesday.)
HOUSTON (MarketWatch) -- OAO Gazprom's (GSPBEX.RS) decision to send
natural gas from Russia's Shtokman field to Europe via pipeline rather
than liquefy it and ship it to the U.S., won't affect the medium-term
prospects of the North American regasification business, analysts and
industry officials say.
Most liquefied natural gas cargoes are currently directed to European
ports where they enjoy higher prices than in the U.S. However, as
Europe develops more gas storage capacity and more liquefaction
projects come on line in Equatorial Guinea, Norway and other countries
over the next three years, more LNG will be available for U.S. markets...
Russia's decision to supply Europe over North America underscores the
fact that the U.S. must compete with the rest of the world to bring LNG
to its shores. So far, its performance has been unimpressive.
The LNG business is divided into two distinct geographical regions, the
Atlantic Basin and the Pacific Basin. For most purposes, gas-producing
nations in the Atlantic such as Trinidad, Egypt, Nigeria and Algeria
will ship their gas to North America and Europe, said Stacy Durbin
Nieuwoudt, an energy analyst with Pickering Energy Partners in Houston.
This year, at least two cargoes headed for an LNG terminal in Lake
Charles, La., were diverted midway from the U.S. to Europe where the
gas fetched higher prices. Europe's lack of storage capacity, as
well as the euro's strength in relation to the dollar, has made the LNG
market there more lucrative.
U.S. demand for LNG may grow to 3 billion cubic feet a day in the next
three years, a 30% increase from 2006, said Herold's Perry. By 2010,
U.S. demand is projected to rise to between 4 billion and 5 billion
cubic feet a day of imported gas. The strengthened demand will level
the playing field with Europe, he said...story in full at MARKET WATCH.
Another strike against LNG plant
CT POST editorial
Article Launched: 09/25/2006 02:54:23 PM EDT
Mark one more strike against a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal
being situated in the middle of Long Island Sound.
The United States Coast Guard on Friday confirmed what many have been
contending for months: The proposed LNG terminal poses a safety and
security risk to our region. It would necessitate more firefighters,
escort boats and other measures to both prevent and respond to
accidents or terrorist attacks...Editorial in full at CT Post website.
Broadwater Foes Brace for Conflicts Over
By DON CASCIATO, Westport NEWS
August 18, 2006
At a time of year when state residents as well as vacationers enjoy
Long Island Sound, representatives from Save the Sound met with
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in New Haven earlier
this week to scope out a Broadwater Energy strategy for the months
Major Legal Issues
Leah Schmalz, director of legislative and legal affairs for Save the
Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, added:
"Because Long Island Sound belongs to the residents of New York and
Connecticut, the proposal continues to raise important legal issues
concerning the rights of the citizens of both states.
"Not only are there a variety of ways to assure adequate gas and energy
supplies for New England, there are common sense approaches that do not
require the industrialization of a large portion of the Sound..."
In another recent development, Save the Sound has released its annual
environmental report card titled "Long Island Sound Municipal
Environmental Progress Report, June 2006."
Results in the report are mixed with only two out of 74 municipalities
receiving grades of "very good" overall. Most municipalities don't have
strong programs to address polluted runoff, according to Robin
Kriesberg, Save the Sound's interim director of Long Island Sound
Restoration and Stewardship...story in full at Westport NEWS.
Energy Seeks Permission to Build Projects Related To LNG Plan
By Judy Benson
Published on 12/9/2006
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received an application from
Broadwater Energy for construction projects related to its plan for an
offshore liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound.
The application is to construct the yoke mooring system that would be
used to anchor the LNG barge in the middle of the Sound, in New York
waters about 10 miles south of Branford. Broadwater is also seeking the
Army Corp's permission to construct an undersea pipeline to carry the
natural gas from the barge to a main pipeline in the western end of the
Sound, and to place fill in the Sound.
Broadwater, a partnership of Shell Oil and TransCanada Pipeline, is
seeking its main permits for the facility from the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission. The Army Corps regulates the construction of the
proposed structures and placement of fill...story in full at the DAY.
Gas Plant Faces Issue of Secrecy
January 8, 2006
By JOHN RATHER
AS a host of safety questions have been raised about Broadwater
Energy's plan to build an immense floating liquefied natural gas plant
in the middle of the Long Island Sound, its message to elected
officials and the public has been consistent: Wait until the facts are
in before making up your mind...story in full in NYTIMES.
I M A G I N E A
F L O A T I N G L I Q U I D N A T U
R A L G A S T A N K E
R T E R M I N A L . . . M I D - L . I . S O U N D
BEFORE WCCOG THERE WAS...SWRPA -
meeting held August 1, 2005 ("About Town" videotaped this
program in Super VHS): Stamford Government Center. CT-N there, too.
Broadwater come again?
GLOBAL INTEREST IN L.I.S.?
New York Denies Broadwater's
By Judy Benson
Published on 4/10/2008
New York Gov. David Paterson will announce at a news conference on Long
Island today that the state is rejecting Broadwater Energy's request
for Coastal Consistency Certification for its proposed liquefied
natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound.
Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz said she was notified by
her counterpart in New York, Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez,
about the decision late Wednesday evening.
"New York and Connecticut stand united in their opposition to
Broadwater," Bysiewicz said. "This is a major victory in the fight to
prevent the desecration and industrialization of Long Island Sound." Story in full at DAY.
Afloat In The Sound: Proposed liquefied
natural gas terminal would be first of its kind in the nation
By JUDY BENSON
Published on 11/6/2005
In the first of a three-part series, The Day looks at the proposal for
a liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound. Today's story
explains the natural gas industry, specifics of the proposal and
reaction to it. The next two installments will look at environmental
and safety issues and how the LNG proposal has brought together the two
sides of the Sound.
Icy white amid the concrete factory, tawny warehouses and railroad
tracks that share this industrial neighborhood along the Providence
River, the 25-million-gallon tank tended to by Tony LaRusso and his
11-man crew holds in its belly an up-and-comer of the energy world.
Inside, frigid beyond the tundras of bleakest Antarctica, this fuel
known as LNG, or liquefied natural gas, awaits the coming winter, when
its heat-generating powers will be kindled to help keep Rhode Island
warm. ...Currently, natural gas produces about 40 percent of the energy consumed
by homes, businesses and utilities in the Northeast, but federal
studies estimate that will grow by about 2 percent annually.
“There's an enormous demand for it, because it's a cleaner burning fuel
(than coal or oil),” said Peggy Laramie, spokeswoman for the
association. “Production of natural gas in the U.S. is flat. We've got
maturing wells, and a lot of restrictions” on developing new gas fields.
“If you want to get a lot of natural gas in quickly,” she said, “you
need to bring it in on a ship. Federal governments and states and
communities have some important choices to make. The challenge is to
make grown-up decisions about how to meet demand in an environmentally
responsible way...” link to another part of multi-part series here.
Broadwater Environmental Impact Would Be
Minimal, Feds Say
By Judy Benson
Published on 1/11/2008
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on
Friday issued its final Environmental Impact Statement on Broadwater
Energy's proposal for a floating liquefied natural gas terminal in Long
Island Sound, concluding that the project would have "limited adverse
environmental impacts" and recommended 86 actions Broadwater should
take to minimize those impacts...story in full at DAY
SWRPA PUBLIC MEETING THAT ABOUT WESTON VIDEOTAPED (S-VHS)
August 1, 2005, Stamford Government Center (2nd floor). CT-N has
more reports in their archives "search" under Broadwater or lng.
Skepticism looms over floating terminal
by Robert Koch
August 2, 2005
About 100 people packed the Stamford Government Center Monday night to
listen, question and sound off against Broadwater Energy's plan to float
a liquified natural gas terminal in the middle of Long Island Sound.
This event, sponsored by South Western Regional Planning Agency,
included a half-hour presentation by Broadwater - a joint venture Of
Shell and Trans-Canada Corp. - followed by rebuttals by Save the Sound
and Citizens Campaign for the Environment, two of many environmental
groups opposing the project...story in full at the Norwalk Hour.
Open Water Vs. Broadwater: Environmentalists
Make Their Case
By JUDY BENSON
Published on 11/20/2005
Just ask Adrienne Esposito what it takes to capture the
public's attention about the environment.
Esposito — the executive director of Concerned Citizens for the
Environment, a New York-based advocacy group with 80,000 members —
could earn the deference of any respectable environmentalist. Her
resume includes such achievements: involvement in battles over dredge
spoils in Long Island Sound; protection of drinking water; promotion of
renewable energy sources; and participation in protests against the
infamous and now-mothballed Shoreham nuclear power plant, to name a
So when it comes to understanding what can make an issue involving
natural resources spread beyond a few concerned activists to ignite the
passion of a broad cross-section, Esposito is an expert.
“We do a lot of work on protecting drinking water, and it's harder to
get people involved because they can't see the problem,” she said,
holding up a glass of clear water over lunch recently at a restaurant
on Long Island's North Fork. “In the environmental movement, when it
involves some type of visual impact, people get it, and they get
involved. It's easily understood. It evokes action and reaction...” Story in full at DAY.
Monday, June 27, 2005 Editorial from, we think, the ADVOCATE or
maybe the Hour? Reporting that the U.S. Senate has sided with LNG