Spitzer's meeting with Shell CEO raises concerns

Gov. Eliot Spitzer?s position on the proposed Broadwater natural gas barge remains unknown, but a recent meeting between the governor and an oil executive has some environmentalists worried. News 12

News 12 Staff

Jan 30, 2008, 3:57 AM

Updated 6,017 days ago

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Gov. Eliot Spitzer?s position on the proposed Broadwater natural gas barge remains unknown, but a recent meeting between the governor and an oil executive has some environmentalists worried.
News 12 Long Island has learned Spitzer sat down with Shell CEO John Hoefmiester two weeks ago. A Shell spokesperson confirmed the meeting.
"In a real democracy all voices are heard, not just the wealthy voices,? Adrienne Esposito, of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said.
Esposito said the most she?s been granted was a meeting with the governor?s deputy environmental aide. She said if Spitzer meets with the oil company, he should hear the other side too.
Environmentalists and a number of Long Island residents have come out against the project that would put a liquefied natural gas terminal in the Long Island Sound nine miles off the north shore.
A spokesperson for the governor said Spitzer has no additional meetings scheduled with Shell officials. Calls to Broadwater officials were not returned.
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