For our nation to successfully achieve independence from energy sources that harm the environment or line the pockets of hostile regimes, we must choose our options wisely.

One option that many of my neighbors on Long Island and I have been fighting is the intrusion of a massive, floating Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) terminal called Broadwater into the Long Island Sound. More evidence piles up each day proving that this facility is not only unnecessary but imperils the environment as well as the region's population.

The most recent evidence is a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) contending that the government has not conducted sufficient research of the vulnerabilities to a terrorist attack on LNG terminals such as Broadwater. Clearly, we should not be licensing such facilities until we fully understand the threat they may present. The GAO report casts serious doubts on the assumption that every possible measure has been taken to protect the health and safety of Long Islanders. It also raises serious questions about why the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is steamrolling this process forward. The potentially lethal hazards of an LNG spill or explosion underscore why so many Long Islanders feel threatened by Broadwater.

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In the coming weeks, I will introduce the National Estuary Protection Act of 2007, which would prevent highly volatile and environmentally hazardous LNG facilities from being placed in estuaries of national significance, such as the Long Island Sound. To protect estuaries and their precious natural resources from industrialization, this new legislation would amend the Clean Water Act to avoid exposing the environment to LNG vulnerabilities such as spills, explosions and other dangers.

Energy is essential for keeping our economy strong and maintaining our way of life. Choosing energy sources that are safe and practical is just as essential.

The full GAO report is available at http://energycommerce.house.gov.