Sen. Fasano Thrilled With Governor Rell’s Approval of Broadwater Task Force

August 10, 2005

State Senator Len Fasano (R-34 th) applauded Governor M. Jodi Rell today for signing an Executive Order establishing a task force to study the potential environmental, public health, economic, and security implications of a proposed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Facility in Long Island Sound. TransCanada and Shell Oil would build and install the 10-story high LNG facility that would begin operation in 2010. Although placed in NY waters, it would sit only 10.5 miles from East Haven, 11.6 miles from Guildford and 18 miles from Madison.

“Since the news of the Broadwater facility hit, I have advocated passionately against this facility and introduced and co-sponsored legislation to establish a similar task force. Long Island Sound one of Connecticut’s most precious and valuable natural resources and as elected officials we have a duty to preserve and protect it not only for all current Connecticut residents, but future generations, as well,” said Senator Fasano, who represents the shoreline town of East Haven along with North Haven and Wallingford. “I would like to thank Governor Rell for her leadership and deep concern for our state’s environmental health.”

If installed, the Broadwater facility would be the first one of its kind in the entire world. The project presents dozens of environmental, public health, and security risks for Connecticut.

“The potential for serious hazards such as pool fires or vapor cloud fires is very real. Since 1944, there have been approximately 31 serious accidents at LNG transport facilities and LBG transport vessels worldwide,” according to Senator Fasano. “That’s not to mention the damage the facility and the adjoining 25-mile underground pipeline would have on the Sound’s already fragile ecosystem. The damage this facility, which would be about the size of the Queen Mary II, could do to the sea floor, the seawater as well as the species living in the Sound is astronomical.”

Senator Fasano also expressed his disappointment that the task force was not established earlier this year during the legislative session, but through Governor Rell’s leadership the task force is now a reality.

“The legislature had the opportunity to act on this proposal months ago, but unfortunately failed to do so. The bill was stalled in the Senate after passing the House of Representatives. Fortunately, Governor Rell has demonstrated true leadership and sensitivity for the critical environmental issues in our state.”