Tuesday, January 31, 2006
LNG Terminal Proposed for Long Island Sound
While the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) debate rages on Narrgansett Bay over the proposed facilities in Providence (Keyspan) and Fall River (Weaver's Cove), a new proposal for an offshore LNG terminal surfaced Monday for neighboring Long Island Sound (see New London's The Day). I know that my brother Keeper over there, Long Island SoundKeeper Terry Backer has taken heat for supporting such a facility on his Sound. I really don't have a dog in that fight, but I admire Terry for taking a stand to promote solutions rather than just opposing everything.
The proposal for Long Island Sound raises important issues. Offshore siting of LNG terminals vastly reduces or eliminates safety and security risks to populated areas, but they may cost more and cause more direct environmental damage. Save The Bay's work on LNG issues in Narragansett Bay has focused on the environmental impacts associated with dredging and filling in estuaries, as well as impacts to uses of the Bay and development of sensible alternatives. Rhode Island and Massachusetts officials across the board from the Governors of both states to the Congressional Delegations have opposed siting LNG terminals in populated areas based on safety and security concerns. Shoreline communities across the Bay have weighed in, but will the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and US Administration listen? The debate is heating up.
Check out Save The Bay's Advocacy Resources page, Here, to read two important LNG Studies available for download, The Sandia National Laboratories report, and the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission reports.