Malloy Talks Natural Gas at Amity High School

Gov. Dannel Malloy answered students' questions in an event to celebrate natural gas coming to Woodbridge.


Governor Dannel Malloy was on hand at Amity High School Monday to press a case for natural gas -- and other forms of alternative energy -- in Connecticut. Malloy joined DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty, Woodbridge First Selectman Edward Maum Sheehy, Amity Board of Education chairman William Blake and Principal Charles Britton to talk to students about natural gas -- the emerging alternative energy source that some, including state energy officials, say could prove a financial boon and environmentally preferable to oil and coal.

"Economically, if our state is to compete with 49 other states and the rest of the world, we have to access lower-cost energy," said Malloy. (See above for more from Malloy's statements.) After statements, he took questions from Amity students.

Parts of the town of Woodbridge -- including Amity High School, Town Hall and other government buildings -- converted to natural gas this year after partnering with Southern Connecticut Gas. The conversion could save the town hundreds of thousands of dollars without costing taxpayers, officials previously told Patch.

Sheehy said 30 houses also decided to go on the grid, with 50 others eligible, and potentially more in the future.

"A number of Woodbridge residents have contacted me and said, 'What about extending this line further?' The Southern Connecticut Gas Company's taking that under advisement, and I'm sure they're going to extend the line … How much further, when, those are things we're going to have to talk about."

Charles Button November 20, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I do not see what is so 'alternative' (and definitely NOT renewable) about natural gas that comes from the Marcellus shale hydrofracking industry. The University at Buffalo had associated itself with the natural gas industry, and now UB is shutting down its controversial shale institute amid mounting public scrutiny and criticism. I hope Connecticut follows suit and disassociates itself from natural gas that comes from the Marcellus shale hydrofracking industry as well. UB President Satish K. Tripathi made the announcement today in a campus email, which offered several reasons behind the decision to close the university’s Shale Resources and Society Institute despite the fact that it just opened less than a year ago. But at the heart of the issue was growing public suspicion and a “cloud of uncertainty” hanging over the institute and its research on the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Ties to the oil and natural gas industry – both real and perceived – compromised the appearance of the institute as an independent entity conducting scholarly research on a highly inflammatory public issue. “Research of such considerable societal importance and impact cannot be effectively conducted with a cloud of uncertainty over its work,” Tripathi wrote. For more information: http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20121119%2FCITYANDREGION%2F121119113%2F1010
Stacy from GreenSprays November 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Did any students say "no sh*t sherlock" when Malloy said "Economically, if our state is to compete with 49 other states and the rest of the world, we have to access lower-cost energy,"? And I hope immediately following any student hearing him speak they were debriefed that Malloy is somehow the one person in public speaking who can't seem to break the "um" habit which is unprofessional and not at all what is allow in the real business world....he says it like 35 times in this short clip.
Yooper November 21, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I feel your pain even though I didn't watch the video. I suggest you soothe your nerves by taking a Midol and listening to John (felon) Rowland's radio show. He hardly ever says "um".
Davis Dunavin (Editor) November 21, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Thanks for sharing that info, Charles!


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