Broadwater files appeal

The Shelter Island Reporter

Broadwater Energy has appealed New York’s objection to its plan to moor a floating liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound, nine miles off the coast of Wading River. The energy company, a joint venture of Shell Oil and TransCanada Pipelines, filed its appeal Friday with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez.Broadwater is asking Mr. Gutierrez to override the New York Department of State’s April 10 ruling that the energy company’s proposed floating liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound was inconsistent with the state’s coastal zone management policy.

In a 21-page brief, Broadwater argues that its project is consistent with the objectives of the federal coastal zone management act pursuant to which the state’s coastal policies are promulgated.  The facility “furthers the national interest …  in a significant or substantial manner,” the national interest furthered “outweighs the activity’s adverse coastal effects,” and there is “no reasonable alternative available,” according to the brief.

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