Senator Fasano Joins Other Legislators in Opposing New Liquid Natural Gas Storage Facility in Long Island Sound

February 25, 2005

State Senator Len Fasano (R-East Haven) joined several state legislators as well as representatives from Save the Sound , to express opposition to a proposed liquid natural gas storage facility in Long Island Sound. The facility being proposed by TransCanada and Shell Oil would be approximately 10 miles off of the Connecticut coast, would be the length of almost four football fields and stand 10-stories high.

The General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee has drafted legislation that would, among other things, create a task force to analyze the environmental, public health, and security implications of the proposals, monitor all New York and federal proceedings pertaining to the project, and submit testimony on behalf of the interest of the State of Connecticut to each regulatory agency involved.

“It’s wonderful that so many legislators from both sides of the political aisle have come together to fight to protect Long Island Sound for Connecticut residents,” said Senator Fasano, who is the Ranking Member on the Planning and Development Committee. “The Sound is one of the Northeast’s most precious natural resources and this immense facility certainly creates a variety of very serious environmental, health, and public safety concerns.”
The proposal also calls for the installation of 25 miles of new pipeline embedded in the floor of the Sound. The Planning and Development legislation, Senate Bill 1087 An Act Establishing a Task Force to Monitor the Proposed Liquified Natural Gas Facility in Long Island Sound, will be heard at a public hearing before the Planning and Development Committee later today in Room 2A.