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Source: Newsday

Feds reject Broadwater's plan for Sound


Posted: April 14, 2009
Originally Published: April 13, 2009

Broadwater opponents won a major victory Monday when the U.S. Department of Commerce upheld New York's rejection of the proposed Broadwater liquid natural gas terminal on environmental grounds.

The Commerce Department said in a statement that it had "concluded that the project's adverse coastal impacts outweighed its national interest, in part because its location in an undeveloped region of the Sound would significantly impair its unique scenic and aesthetic character and would undermine decades of federal, state, and local efforts to protect the region."

The decision appears to leave Houston-based Broadwater Inc., a joint venture between Shell and Transcanada, just three options: Abandon the project, modify it, or try to overturn the Commerce Department's decision in court.

Project opponents were elated.

"In this modern day David and Goliath battle, there were thousands and thousands of Davids, who fought the corporate Goliath of our times - Shell Oil, and won," Adrienne Esposito, executive director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said in a statement.

Broadwater said in a statement that it would "review the specifics of the ruling before making a decision on our next steps."