Band of Broadwater opponents bring fight to Albany

(06/12/07) FARMINGVILLE ? Opponents of the Broadwater liquefied natural gas barge boarded a bus Tuesday to make their voices heard in Albany. The planned barge, which would be located in the Long Island

News 12 Staff

Jun 12, 2007, 10:21 PM

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(06/12/07) FARMINGVILLE ? Opponents of the Broadwater liquefied natural gas barge boarded a bus Tuesday to make their voices heard in Albany.
The planned barge, which would be located in the Long Island Sound, has been a lightning rod for criticism by environmentalists. Those against the project believe it will not only be bad for the environment, but it could also provide a tempting target for terrorists.
Adrienne Esposito, of the Citizen's Campaign for the Environment, said they simply want Governor Eliot Spitzer to understand the barge is a bad idea and that alternatives must be sought.
In a statement, Broadwater Energy touted the plan?s positive future impact.
?Independent studies have concluded that Broadwater can operate safely and is environmentally the best alternative to deliver energy to this region,? the statement read. The company also claims the barge will help residents save hundreds on their energy bills.
Richard Amper, of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, said he doesn?t give Broadwater?s claims much credence.
?We don?t expect big oil to come and tell us anything other than that it?s going to be safe and good for us,? Amper said. ?Quite frankly, anybody that believes that Shell is on Long Island to save us on energy costs, I?ve got a cross-island bridge to sell them.?
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