State Senator Len Fasano & State Senator Andrea Stillman Applaud Passage of Bill in Senate Establishing Bi-State Long Island Sound Commission

May 25, 2009

Urge Passage of Bill in House of Representatives

Hartford, CT – State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) and State Senator Andrea L. Stillman (D-Waterford) today applauded the passage in the State Senate of SB 1078: An Act Establishing a Bi-State Long Island Sound Commission. The bill repeals the Bi-State Long Island Sound Marine Resources Committee and replaces it with the Bi-State Long Island Sound Commission. The new Commission will review all issues involving Long Island Sound, particularly environmental matters.

Senator Fasano and Senator Stillman both have a strong record as champions for the health of Long Island Sound and the fight against Broadwater. Both served as co-chairs of Governor Rell’s Long Island Sound LNG Task Force established during the first stages of Broadwater Energy’s effort to build a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Long Island Sound. That proposal, due in large part to the recommendations of the LNG Task Force, was initially defeated last year. The proposal was again defeated last month by the U.S. Department of Commerce which upheld a previous action by the State of New York denying Broadwater’s application.

“While Broadwater was successfully defeated in its efforts to build the LNG terminal, we must remain vigilant in protecting Long Island Sound,” said Senator Fasano. “There is no denying that Broadwater’s LNG terminal would have been an unsightly and damaging intrusion into the enjoyment of Long Island Sound. Providing a permanent watch over the Sound is critical to its preservation. This commission will provide exactly that stewardship that is so critical to the health and vitality of one of our most precious natural resources.”

“With today’s extraordinary economic pressure to squeeze revenue from every drop of Long Island Sound and every inch of its shoreline, it’s more important than ever to protect this jointly held, preeminent natural treasure, and I think a standing, bi-state stewardship commission would provide sound direction to that end,” Senator Andrea L. Stillman said. “It’s undeniable that regional entities have earned increasing favor among public policy makers; in this instance, where ecological, recreational, economic, and security issues all merge, this commission would supply broad perspective and mutually agreeable strategies.”

The commission will operate under the Department of Environmental Protection and will consist of 14 members; seven Connecticut residents, seven New York residents. Each member will serve two year terms. The commission will also provide an annual report of its findings to the legislature and the governors of both Connecticut and New York.