Senator Clinton Reiterates Opposition to the Broadwater Project
Urges Federal Chairman of the Regulatory Commission to Consider Security and Environmental Impacts
Following the completion of public hearings and the public comment period set down by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton this week reiterated her opposition to the Broadwater Project. In a letter to the FERC Chairman Joseph Kelliher, Senator Clinton highlighted many of the concerns that were expressed during the comment period and urged him to take them into account during his deliberation process.
"The Broadwater project has enormous implications for the future of Long Island Sound," Senator Clinton said. "I, like many Long Islanders, remain concerned that the security risks and environmental threats posed by the project have not been properly addressed. I also share the view held by many Long Islanders that this project would have detrimental impacts on the quality of water and air surrounding the sound. I know that FERC heard from many people during the public comment period and I would urge them to seriously take their concerns into account."
Last month at public meetings regarding the environmental impact of the Broadwater Energy project, countless Long Islanders voiced their opposition to the project. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the project was found to be problematic by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
[A copy of the Senator's letter is below]
Mr. Joseph T. Kelliher
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20426
Dear Mr. Kelliher:
In January of this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held public meetings to get input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that FERC prepared to asses the impacts of the proposed Broadwater Energy project in Long Island Sound. Hundreds of Long Islanders came to the meetings to express their strong opposition to the project. In addition, many residents, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and elected officials have submitted comments about the DEIS and the Broadwater project. Though I have written to you about Broadwater in the past, I write today to reiterate my opposition to the project and to express my views about the DEIS.
With respect to the project itself, I believe that from the outset, too many questions have gone unanswered regarding security, environmental effects, and the impact this project will have on how Long Islanders use and enjoy the Sound. The safety and security risks involved with this project are numerous and have not been addressed. The review process, to date, has not made clear where the resources needed to secure this terminal and incoming shipments will come from, nor who will bear the burden of first response should an accident occur. I am concerned that the Coast Guard, who are already stretched to the limit by their homeland security responsibilities, will not be able to accommodate the increased security demands that this project requires to protect the Sound and those who use it.
In addition, I am concerned about the environmental impacts of the project, and am disappointed in the conclusion of the DEIS that this project is environmentally acceptable. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation have both identified deficiencies in the DEIS. In addition, many Long Island residents, officials, and groups have filed comments that take issue with the DEIS assessment of the project's potential impacts on air quality, water quality, and the Long Island Sound ecosystem. Many have also pointed to the failure of the DEIS to adequately examine alternatives to the Broadwater project. I share these concerns about the DEIS and urge you to strongly consider these comments and revise the final EIS accordingly.
Long Island Sound, an Estuary of National Significance, is a treasured natural resource that is extremely important to Long Islanders' way of life. We have better energy alternatives for Long Island than Broadwater. It is simply the wrong energy project for the Sound, and I urge you to consider the comments closely and reassess your conclusion about Broadwater's compatibility with a clean, healthy Sound that is accessible to Long Islanders.
Hillary Rodham Clinton