After a four year battle, the US Secretary of Commerce released their long awaited ruling yesterday on Broadwater. In a stunning victory for New York, Connecticut and the public, the Commerce Secretary’s decision supports New York and upholds New York’s ruling -No Broadwater.
“In this modern day David and Goliath battle, there were thousands and thousands of David’s, who fought the corporate Goliath of our times—Shell Oil, and won,” stated Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, “When the public speaks with one voice, its more powerful than corporate millions.”
The Anti Broadwater Campaign (ABC) began in early 2005, with environmental, civic, community, fishing and boating organizations from New York and Connecticut. This began one of the largest, most far reaching grassroots efforts in NY and CT history. The public sent over 60,000 hand-written letters to federal, state and local leaders. 100,000 members of the public signed petitions in opposition and thousands turned out at public hearings and anti Broadwater rallies.
In April 2008, Governor Paterson announced that New York State would NOT support Broadwater and found the project inconsistent with the current uses of Long Island Sound as defined in the Coastal Zone Management Act. Broadwater Energy appealed to the federal government to overturn NY’s decision. Yesterday, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced that he is upholding NY’s ruling.
“This victory is for state’s rights. It’s a victory for the protection of Long Island Sound, and most importantly, it’s a victory for the public. Even if Shell Oil continues the battle in court, it will be tied up for years to come. This chapter has closed, and the public is clearly left with the critical message that we can win and our voices matter. A unified public can take on Big Business and Big Money and win. It’s exhilarating to know that democracy is alive and well in America,” added Esposito.