1053Re: Outer Brewster Island LNG site faces Park Service opposition
- May 20, 2006Just a reminder, that no matter what happens with Outer Brewster,
the Distrigas LNG terminal in Everette will NOT go away and LNG's
will still come into Boston inner harbor due to increase in demand.
The proposed site would be ADDITIONAL to the Everette terminal.
Everyone could also boycott using any natural gas this winter...lol.
--- In MassBaySailors@yahoogroups.com, Bill Scanlon
> Outer Brewster Island LNG site faces Park Service opposition
>development of a liquefied natural gas terminal on Outer Brewster
> By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff | May 18, 2006
> The National Park Service is objecting to the proposed
Island, and is telling Governor Mitt Romney that the plan would
violate the agreements that allowed the state to acquire the island.
> In a strongly worded letter, the Park Service's Northeastregional director, Mary A. Bomar,suggested that the development
would be an inappropriate use of a National Park area. ''The
proposed LNG terminal would not only have an adverse impact on Outer
Brewster Island, the habitat it provides, and visitors to the
national recreation area, but would also have a potential negative
impact on other islands within the park," Bomar wrote.
> ''Recreational boaters, fishermen and divers, due to securityand safety concerns, might be restricted from using the area they
have enjoyed for years," she said.
> ''An LNG facility would also set a dangerous precedent and senda message that units of the National Park System are available for
exploitation," Bomar asserted.
> But James A. Aloisi Jr., a Boston lawyer now working on theproject for the developer, AES Corp., said that such a use would
hardly be unprecedented. In a letter directed to the governor and
dated April 27, Aloisi challenged the notion that the development of
the harbor island would represent an unfair taking of park area,
noting that others have been used privately.
> ''Rather it would allow the use of the island for non-park uses,such as currently occurs on Deer Island [a wastewater treatment
plant], Moon Island [a fire training and a shooting practice range],
Thompson Island [a private school], and Long Island [City of Boston
homeless and healthcare services]," he wrote.
> Two months ago, the proposal by AES to build a liquefied naturalgas terminal on the island seemed dormant when a legislative
committee that had held hearings on the measure tabled it.
> But last week, the state House voted to move the bill out ofstudy and directed it to a different committee, which is headed by
the bill's chief sponsor, Representative Brian Dempsey, a Haverhill
Democrat, where it would presumably face an easier vote.
> Dempsey did not return a telephone call yesterday.vote in the Senate, which supporters and opponents of the bill say
> Moving the bill to Dempsey's committee requires a concurrence
should take place today.
> The bill, as written, gave the Virginia company a right todevelop the island for a liquefied natural gas terminal -- a move
its supporters said would offer the advantage of bringing LNG
shipments safely offshore. Since Sept. 11, 2001, officials have
become concerned that a terrorist attack on an LNG tanker delivering
to a terminal in Everett could devastate Boston neighborhoods.
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