Broadwater LNG Letter of Recommendation Signed

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – U.S. Coast Guard Captain Daniel Ronan, Captain of the Port of Long Island Sound, announced today he has signed the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) for Broadwater Energy, a joint development of Shell US Gas & Power, LLC and TransCanada Pipe Lines USA, LTD.

The Coast Guard completed its assessment of the waterway for the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility to be located in New York waters in the middle of Long Island Sound, and submitted its Waterways Suitability Report (WSR) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in September 2006. During its review of the waterway, the Coast Guard consulted and worked with many state and local agencies along with port stakeholders and conducted a thorough risk assessment.

“The Coast Guard is neither an advocate for nor an opponent of the proposed LNG facility. The Coast Guard’s role is to provide an objective analysis to FERC of the associated maritime safety and security risks associated with the carriage of LNG along the carrier proposed route,” said Capt. Daniel Ronan, the Captain of the Port of Long Island Sound.

Based upon the record, the recommendation is that the waterway is not currently suitable, but can be made suitable for the LNG marine traffic along the carrier route associated with the proposed LNG terminal, if the risk mitigation measures detailed in the WSR are implemented. Furthermore, this recommendation is contingent upon resolution of the following issues, which are outside of the Coast Guard’s control:

(1) satisfactory completion of Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service that result in a finding of “would not be likely to adversely affect Federally-listed species as the impacts would likely be insignificant or discountable;”

(2) satisfactory final consultations with the New York State Historic Preservation Office,
pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) and the New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980 with respect to the status of Race Rock Light as a property on the National Register of Historic Properties;

(3) finally, in light of the pending New York State Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) appeal filed by Broadwater, a finding by the Secretary of Commerce that the project is consistent with the objectives of the CZMA or a settlement agreement is reached between New York State and Broadwater on the CZMA issues.

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FERC is the lead federal agency responsible for approving the siting, design, and operation of LNG facilities located on the shore and within state waters. For further information on the permitting process for LNG facilities, please contact FERC’s public information office at (202) 502-6088.

To view the Coast Guard’s WSR, visit this link: http://www.uscg.mil/d1/Units/seclis/broadwater/broadwater.html

To view the Coast Guard’s LOR on Homeport, visit the link below and then click “Broadwater LNG” under the “Community Outreach” section.

http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/portDirectory.do?tabId=1&cotpId=31

For Coast Guard questions please contact Ensign John LaMorte at (203) 468-4412.

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