Broadwater Energy

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Broadwater Energy describes itself thus on it's website (June 1, 2007): Broadwater Energy is a joint venture between TransCanada Corporation and Shell to address energy shortages threatening the Long Island Sound region of New York and Connecticut. Broadwater would safely and reliably deliver a large new supply of clean-burning natural gas to homes, businesses, and power generation plants. Broadwater plans to build and install a floating facility moored in the Long Island Sound to receive imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). LNG is natural gas that has been cooled so that it becomes a liquid that can be economically shipped throughout the world in specially designed ships." [1]

2007 Controversy with ACORN

Newsday reports on a successful cooptation tactic involving Broadwater Energy and the group ACORN: "Amid its ongoing effort to garner community support for its controversial offshore natural gas terminal, Broadwater Energy yesterday announced a 10-year, $10-million initiative to fund the weatherizing of more than 2,000 houses in low-income parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties. Critics of the proposed offshore terminal blasted the idea as a naked attempt to buy friends for a project about which they have raised a host of environmental and economic objections. ... The program would be administered by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN... But outspoken Broadwater critic Adrienne Esposito ... called the program 'a bribe to bring good public relations points. A lot of money doesn't make Broadwater a better project.' ...Partnerships with third parties who have some community credibility is a common strategy in advancing controversial projects, according to [CMD's] Sheldon Rampton [who said] 'I think the community ought to look carefully at what they're getting themselves into. Would [Broadwater parent] Shell Oil be doing this project if they weren't planning to build the natural gas terminal?' " [2]

Organized Opposition to Broadwater Energy

Anti-Broadwater Coalition
P.O. Box 800
Wading River, NY 11792
Phone: 516-390-7150
Email: aesposito AT

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