Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, and State Representative Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) released the following statement today after it was announced that Broadwater Pipeline LLC requested to withdraw from their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission certificates, which were granted in 2008.
“In sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requesting to vacate their certificates, Broadwater has signaled that their proposed floating gas plant is finally dead,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legal and legislative affairs for Save the Sound. “Eight years ago, the citizens of Connecticut and New York recognized that this proposed project was not good for our environment or our livelihood. It took years of fighting, partnering with federal and state officials on both sides of Long Island Sound, but now we can say that the health and safety of our Sound will not be compromised by the proposed industrial complex.”
“Total withdrawal of Broadwater may seem anti-climactic, but to me, this is a powerful reminder of all we accomplished by working together on both sides of the Sound to protect this treasured resource we share,” said Representative Reed, who organized the first bi-state anti-Broadwater rally in Branford. “This is a moment to remember and a model for future cooperation.”
Planned for a site squarely in the middle of Long Island Sound, Broadwater would have posed several threats to the environment and the economies of New York and Connecticut. The nearly four football field-long industrial complex would have stood 20 stories high, surrounded by an armed security zone that would disrupt commercial fishing traffic and recreational boating. Additionally, in order to accommodate the security perimeter around entering and exiting LNG tankers, the Sound’s eastern-most access point, known as The Race, would have been essentially closed to other maritime traffic each time tankers passed through.
Broadwater would have posed a number of threats to the environment and the economies of New York and Connecticut, opponents say.
In addition to being nearly the length of four football fields, it would have stood 20 stories high and would have been surrounded by an armed security zone that opponents said would have disrupted commercial fishing and recreational boating.