Giuliani defends Broadwater barge as protesters rally in Smithtown

As protesters against Broadwater Energy's proposed liquefied natural gas barge grow in number, heavy hitters like former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani stood up Wednesday to support its construction.

News 12 Staff

Jan 11, 2007, 4:35 AM

Updated 6,398 days ago

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As protesters against Broadwater Energy's proposed liquefied natural gas barge grow in number, heavy hitters like former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani stood up Wednesday to support its construction.
The $700 million liquefied natural gas barge would be built in the Long Island Sound about nine miles off the shore of Wading River. Members of the Anti-Broadwater Coalition believe the project would have negative implications to the environment, the fishing industry and Long Island's recreational activities. Calling the barge an eyesore, the coalition compares the 1,200-foot barge to the oil rigs that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico.
Broadwater defends its project, promising an average household energy savings of $300. Giuliani backs the proposal, saying there would not be a negative impact on the environment or recreation. He also says the area needs more energy and it is illogical to reject one idea without offering an alternative.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a public hearing in Smithtown Wednesday evening. Hundreds of residents packed the high school auditorium and voiced their complaints. A second hearing will be held at Prodell Middle School in Shoreham Thursday at 7 p.m.


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