LNG Task Force Meets with Coast Guard Captain Boynton and Attorney General Blumenthal

September 29, 2006

At a hearing yesterday afternoon, the Long Island Sound Liquefied Natural Gas Task Force was debriefed by U.S. Coast Guard Captain Peter J. Boynton on a report released by the Coast Guard. The report assesses the navigation safety and maritime security issues regarding Broadwater Energy’s proposed LNG facility in Long Island Sound. Also at the hearing, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal addressed Connecticut’s legal standing in relation to the proposed facility.

“I would like to thank Captain Boynton and Attorney General Blumenthal for taking the time to address the committee and answer our questions,” said Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven), the Chairman of the LNG Task Force. “I continue to believe that the Coast Guard’s assessment indicates that Connecticut will certainly be impacted by this proposed facility. Certainly, the Task Force has a responsibility to further look into the Coast Guard’s findings as well as the additional matters related to the LNG facility that could impact Connecticut citizens.”

The Coast Guard officially released their report last Friday. A copy can be found at www.uscg.mil/d1/units/seclis/public.html.

Senator Fasano was named Chairman of the Task Force by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell through Executive Order No. 9 in August of 2005. He is currently serving his second term representing the towns of North Haven, East Haven, and Wallingford.