Media tours site of proposed Broadwater barge

Broadwater Energy's Senior Vice President John Hritcko showed off the exact location of a proposed liquefied natural gas barge to members of the media Monday.

Broadwater hopes to construct a 1,200-feet-long, 200-feet-wide LNG terminal about 10 miles off shore New Haven in the Long Island Sound.

"We've been asked so many times by so many people, 'What does this area look like? What's it going to be like when you're out there in the middle of Long Island Sound?'" Hritcko said. "Well, if a picture is worth 1,000 words, this is priceless."

Plans call for a 900-foot-long carrier to load LNG onto the barge two to three times a week.

Critics claim the terminal would interrupt commercial fishing and boating patterns, negatively affect the environment and perpetually serve as a terrorist target.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was waiting on shore for the tour to return. "Whatever this tour showed, it cannot compare to the environmental atrocity, the absolute monstrosity this project would be in the middle of the Sound," he said.

Broadwater officials maintain the project's impact on its surroundings would be minimal.

An environmental impact study is set for release this summer. Before Broadwater may proceed, it must gain the approval of multiple federal and state agencies.

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