Senator Fasano Attends Conference Uniting Connecticut and New York Against Proposed Broadwater Project

April 26, 2005

State Senator Len Fasano (R-34 th) joined state and local officials from Connecticut and New York this morning for a roundtable conference at the Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville, NY. Their primary goals are to discuss pending legislation in both states in opposition to a proposed Broadwater liquid natural gas storage facility in Long Island Sound and to coordinate their efforts with both the Anti Broadwater Coalition (ABC) and Save the Sound. This facility proposed by TransCanda and Shell Oil would be approximately 10 miles off of the Connecticut coast and stand 10 stories high.

“This is a gigantic facility we’re dealing with at nearly four football fields long. The environmental and public health dangers it presents are very real and very dangerous for citizens of both states. That’s why I was anxious to attend this event when Brookhaven Councilman Kevin McCarrick, who I would like to thank for his efforts coordinating, contacted me. The fact that this event drew so many state and local officials from both states demonstrates the very strong opposition in place against this project,” said Senator Fasano.

Senator Fasano discussed the details of SB 1087 with those in attendance. The bill would establish a 13-member task force to monitor the Broadwater Proposal. Officials also discussed creating a permanent coalition between the states to work on all present and future energy and environmental issues that affect Long Island Sound.

“Long Island Sound is infinitely valuable to the people of Connecticut and New York and it needs protecting,” added Senator Fasano. “By creating a united front, both states would be better equipped to successfully defeat any proposals that may threaten the future health of the Sound.”

Senator Fasano is the Ranking Member on the General Assembly’s Planning and Development Committee, which introduced and then passed SB 1087. The bill also passed successfully through the Environment and Public Health Committee and currently is on the Senate Calendar.

Senator Fasano is an Assistant Minority Leader serving his second term representing North Haven, East Haven, and Wallingford.