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New York State Department of State Public Notice - F-2006-0345

The New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) is required by Federal law to provide timely public notice for the activity described below, which is subject to the consistency provisions of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.

In F-2006-0345, Broadwater Energy LLC and Broadwater Pipeline LLC of 889 Harrison Avenue, Riverhead, NY, 11901, have applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) [docket numbers: CP06-54-000, CP06-55-000, CP06-56-000] and to the United States Army Corps of Engineers (COE) [application number: 2006-00265] for the construction and operation of an offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility within New York State waters of Long Island Sound, approximately 9 miles from the nearest shoreline of the north shore of Long Island. The facility would consist of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) attached to a yoke mooring system (YMS) that includes a mooring tower embedded in the seafloor and connected to a new 21.7 mile subsea pipeline.

LNG would be delivered to the FSRU by LNG carrier vessels, and temporarily stored, regasified, and transported in the new subsea natural gas pipeline from the seafloor beneath the FSRU, westward to an offshore connection with the existing Iroquois Gas Transmission System (IGTS) pipeline in Long Island Sound. Natural gas would travel from the FSRU, through the new subsea natural gas pipeline, and into the IGTS pipeline for delivery into New York City, Long Island and southern Connecticut at an average flow rate of about 1.0 billion cubic feet per day.

An average of 2 to 3 LNG carrier vessels per week would make deliveries to the FSRU entering and exiting the Sound through The Race at the eastern end of Long Island Sound. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) completed a Waterway Suitability Report (WSR) on safety and security issues for the proposal and provided its analysis and recommendations to FERC. Among other mitigation measures, the USCG would require a safety and security exclusion zone around both the FSRU and around the LNG carrier vessels, within which non-project related vessels would not be permitted. The safety and security zone around the FSRU would be a circle with a radius of 1,210 yards centered on the YMS, and for the LNG carrier vessels the zone would extend 2 nautical miles in front, 1 nautical mile behind, and 750 yards to either side as they transit the Sound.

More information on this project can be found at the FERC website (www.ferc.gov) by visiting the eLibrary under Documents and Filings, referencing the above listed docket numbers. The USCG WSR can be found at http://www.uscg.mil/d1/units/seclis/broadwater/broadwater.html.

Any interested parties and/or agencies desiring to express their views concerning the above proposed activity may do so by filing their comments, in writing, no later than 4:30 p.m., January 23rd, 2007.

Comments should be addressed to the Consistency Review Unit, Division of Coastal Resources, New York State Department of State, 41 State Street, Albany, New York 12231. Telephone (518) 474-6000; Fax (518) 473-2464.

FERC intends to hold two public meetings on Long Island to receive comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Broadwater proposal in January, 2007. NYSDOS will be a participant in these meetings. Interested parties may express their views regarding this proposal at these meetings. The dates and locations for these meetings will be announced on the FERC website and in pending public notices issued by FERC.

This notice is promulgated in accordance with Section 306(d)(14) of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.

Negative Declaration

Nassau And Suffolk Counties - The New York State Department of State, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed South Shore of Long Island Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats Updates, Designations, and Repeals will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Given the dynamic nature of waterfronts, the physical conditions of fish and wildlife habitats along the south shore of Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk Counties have changed since the original designation of Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitats in 1987. Based on those changes and new habitat information collected since that time, the Department of State is proposing to update existing habitat documentation for 20 existing designated habitats, designate 2 new habitats, modify the habitat boundaries and update the narratives for 5 designated habitats, combine 5 formerly designated habitats into 2 habitats, and repeal 3 designations ( see "Attachment A" for an explanation of changes). This action is proposed to more fully implement Policy 7 and other relevant Coastal Program policies in the Coastal Management Program(CMP) and Article 42 of the Executive Law and 19 NYCRR Parts 600-603. The project is located on the South Shores of Long Island and its barriers, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Contact: Gregory Capobianco, Coastal Habitats Unit, NYS Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources, 41 State Street, Albany, NY 12231, phone: (518) 474-6000.