Connecticut Attorney General's Office
Attorney General Intervenes To Fight Broadwater Liquefied Natural Gas Facility
February 9, 2006
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today announced that he has filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to formally intervene - the first to do so - in the Broadwater Energy liquefied natural gas facility proceedings.
Blumenthal said he has several grounds to intervene in his capacity as chief legal officer for the State of Connecticut.
While the proposed Broadwater facility would be located entirely in New York, its security zones and environmental impacts would extend well into Connecticut - affecting important marine and other natural resources within this state.
"I absolutely have the responsibility and right to intervene and preserve the interests of Connecticut's lands and waters - held in trust for the citizens of our state," Blumenthal said. "This environmental menace and security nightmare would create a no-fly, no-fish, no-boat zone square in the middle of the Long Island Sound - undeniably and unconscionably infringing on our citizens and vital natural resources. As chief legal officer for Connecticut, I will stand up and speak out for our state, despite Broadwater's brazen attempt to skirt our authority.
"Broadwater strategically sought to sidestep our state review by proposing its facility be built just beyond our state borders - but its damage and danger would fall well within our state's boundaries. If there is a purpose and place for a natural gas facility, it is not this one - a monstrosity in the middle of Long Island Sound, creating a clear and present danger to security, environment and navigation interests.
"My office will aggressively fight this at every forum possible - piercing Broadwater's shroud of secrecy that so clearly demonstrates the danger of this project. The FERC secrecy order belies its contention that there are no terrorist or security concerns - and we will explore ways to force greater disclosure."