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Energy Representatives and Lawyers Assess Legality of Proposed Anti-LNG Measure

Energy industry analysts and attorneys are evaluating the merits of a county-level bill proposed on June 13 that attempts to halt the Broadwater LNG project. Bill Cooper, a spokesperson for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, says that the Energy Polic
June 14, 2006

Energy industry analysts and attorneys are evaluating the merits of a county-level bill proposed on June 13 that attempts to halt the Broadwater LNG project. Bill Cooper, a spokesperson for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, says that the Energy Policy Act of 2005 pre-empts local legislation, giving FERC exclusive jurisdiction over the terminal’s permitting process. “If it purports to block the permitting process from going forward, it’s unconstitutional,” Cooper said. However, Suffolk County’s outside counsel argues that federal law may not supercede a state or local government’s right to preserve public health and safety. Newsday has the story.

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