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To the Editor:

For nearly two years, Long Island has been facing the threat of construction of a huge, floating Liquid Gas Factory in Long Island Sound, off Wading River. The facts are in. Everybody now knows that very little of Broadwater's LNG would come to Long Island and that it would be just as expensive as other foreign fossil fuel. There would be simply no energy savings for Long Islanders at all.

Then there's the danger of an accident or terrorist attack. The factory will require armed security forces to circle the facility 24 hours per day, everyday. Then, the force would have to protect the LNG-loaded Supertankers, delivering their volatile fuel, three times a week. Broadwater wants New York taxpayers to foot the bill to protect their factory! And of course nobody wants the industrialization of Long Island Sound or the dreadful precedent of turning over sovereign U.S. territory to a multi-national corporation importing Middle Eastern fuel.

Almost all of our elected officials have it right and oppose Broadwater, but it may still be handed to us by a powerful bureaucracy in Washington the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Conspicuous by his absence is the newly inaugurated Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer. Everyone agrees that New York State must have a say on whether Broadwater is forced down our throats by a near totalitarian agency of the federal government in Washington.

If New York is to have a say, we need the voice of Governor Spitzer to say it. Your readers should call the Governor at (518) 474-8390 and tell him to join his fellow elected officials from Long Island and say "No!" to Broadwater, once and for all.

DICK AMPER
January 16, 2007

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