Monday, June 11, 2007

Broader Solutions To Broadwater

Floating Gas Barge Is Not The Answer

From our friends at Citizens Campaign for the Environment:

Broadwater Alternatives on the Horizon

New report indicates alternative options are available

Farmingdale, NY—Environmentalists are optimistic on preliminarily findings of a new independent report that focuses on alternatives to Broadwater. The report looks into the possible and feasible alternatives to site the Broadwater facility outside of Long Island Sound as well as explores feasible, less intrusive alternative technology.

“This report is immensely encouraging. It confirms that there are real options that provide Long Island with energy, as well as protect our beloved waterways. Broadwater and FERC need to seriously re-evaluate the original proposal,” stated Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

The report researches wave activity throughout three locations in the Atlantic Ocean to see if a Floating Storage and Re-gasification Unit (FSRU) or a sub sea pipeline, known as subsea regasification vessel (SRV) can be located in that area. The report finds that wave conditions in 2 of the 3 areas are similar to wave conditions found in Massachusetts where they are building 2 SRV pipelines. CCE has been advocating for SRV pipelines in place of Broadwater.

“This report clearly confirms what we have saying, SRV pipelines are feasible, and can be built in a true offshore location,” Esposito stated, “Members of the Public do not have to give up what we love about Long Island, our estuaries. There are alternatives and NYS should send Broadwater back to the drawing board to find one.”

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