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New York State Says NO to Broadwater! The public prevails over Big Oil.

On April 10, 2008, NY Governor David Paterson announced that New York State found the Broadwater proposal to violate the Coastal Zone Management Act and ruled the project inconsistent with the values and uses of the Sound. This challenging campaign to stop Broadwater spanned three years, and CCE is eternally grateful to every person who wrote a letter, attended a public hearing, made a phone call, and stood up to keep Shell Oil from industrializing Long Island Sound. This victory for Long Island Sound was won by the thousands of citizens, organizations, and elected officials who worked tirelessly to ensure the Sound’s integrity is preserved for future generations.

What was Broadwater?

Broadwater, a joint venture between Shell Oil and TransCanada, was a proposal to place a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in the middle of the Sound, approximately 9 miles from Rocky Point. The LNG terminal would have been permanently moored to the bottom of LIS—destroying 13,000 square feet of critical habitat for lobsters. The LNG terminal would also require 2-3 LNG tankers per week, causing constant disruption to the waterway. A new 22-mile pipeline would have been required to transport the gas into the existing Iroquois Pipeline.

The massive LNG terminal would have forever changed the way we currently use the Sound!

  • A Permanent NO Public Access Zone and an Additional Moving No Access Zone
    A “no public access zone” of 1.5 square miles will surround the LNG terminal. This means that for the first time in the Sound’s history, a section of the open water body will be given over to a private corporation. Gunned security vessels would patrol the no access zone 24/7. No fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming or sailing will be allowed. The Coast Guard report mandated an additional moving “no public access zone” around the incoming LNG tankers that would be 2 miles in front, 1 mile in back and 750 yards on each side. Armed escort boats would surround the tankers as they transverse the Sound, marking the moving zone and requiring all vessels to get out of the way.
  • Problems and disruptions in “The Race”
    “The Race”, named for its strong currents and navigational challenges, is the main passageway into the Sound. Two to three LNG tankers would have entered The Race each week. The Coast Guard report identified that The Race as having a heavy concentration of recreational fisherman throughout the boating season.

These security zones would disrupt and conflict with traditional uses including commercial and recreational fishing, boating activities, fishing, shell fishing, sailing and even enjoyment of our beaches.

Comments submitted by CCE to the New York State Department of State on the proposed Broadwater facility, January 23, 2007

CCE's Broadwater Myths and Facts

Comments on the Broadwater LNG project Draft Environmental Impact Statement, by Dr. Stephen T. Tettelbach, Ph. D., Professor of Biology, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, January 8, 2007

Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. report evaluating the need for Broadwater and CCE's supplemental report

CCE’s position paper on FERC’s attempt to usurp local authority of siting natural gas facilities

The Anti-Broadwater Coalition

The Anti-Broadwater Coalition consisted of 80 local environmental and civic groups. Without the broad-based support of the coalition, the Broadwater victory would not have been possible. Read the coalition’s position paper and factsheet.

Updated by seckel 4/2/10