LNG Task Force Chairmen Demand That FERC Extend Public Comment Period on Draft Environmental Report

December 6, 2006

State Senators Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and Andrea Stillman (D-Waterford), the Co-Chairmen of the Long Island Sound LNG Task Force have written a stern letter to the Secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Magalie R. Salas, demanding that FERC extend the period for public comment on its recently released Draft Report on Broadwater. Currently, FERC allows only a sixty day window for interested parties to offer responses and/or rebuttals to the findings contained in the 900 page document.

“As Senator Stillman and I expressed in our letter, considering the length, complexity, and importance of this report, sixty days is an outrageously short period of time for anyone to adequately review and respond to its contents. FERC itself took years to complete the report, so to allow only a sixty day comment period is completely improper,” said Senator Fasano. “Even more disconcerting is the perception that FERC is simply trying to push the Broadwater LNG project along to approval, regardless of its consequences to Long Island Sound and the residents of Connecticut. If FERC does not grant this extension, I certainly would question the legitimacy of the due process procedure set by FERC.”

A copy of the letter was also mailed to the Office of the President of the United State, the Office Governor of the Connecticut, and the office of each member of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation.

The Long Island Sound LNG Task Force was created by Governor M. Jodi Rell in 2005 through Executive Order #9.