Daily News columnist recalls nuclear ambitions on the North Fork

03/19/2011 1:33 PM |

Longtime Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez penned a column this week recalling the efforts of activists who helped derail a Long Island Lighting Co. plan to build seven to 11 nuclear reactors along the Long Island Sound from Shoreham to Jamesport.

Read his column here.

Do you remember, or were you a part of these efforts?

Offer your insights in our comments section.



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  • My question is this: If nuclear power is unworkable here,(no argument from me) and off shore wind farms are “unsightly”, just what are we supposed to do for electricity here on good ol’ Long Island? We burn oil to run steam turbines. Expensive oil from “other places” because we are not allowed to drill for oil here. (Bakken formation) So what is the “big picture, real world” answer? Please discuss civily.

  • Yes, it could have happened here too. Four nuclear reactors (and possibly 14!) on the skyline behind the Hallockville Museum Farm would have been a beautiful sight, especially with thickets of high tension lines draped across the horizon in every direction. Given the general incompetence of the LILCO management when it came to things nuclear, one wonders if these plants would have been any safer than their counterparts in Fukushima. After all, LILCO couldn’t even get the name right of the community on which they intended to foist these monsters. But, at the time, all of our elected public officials strongly supported the project! Electricity too cheap to meter and taxes to low to notice.

    While all forms of power generation have their dangers and nuclear power may have a place in our future, we need to be very careful about site selection and risk assessment.

  • The columnist is pleased to report that there were no “surprise skylights” in the Southwest Airlines 737 we flew in Wednesday. As is customary with Southwest, the flight departed and arrived on time, despite the 20 or so passengers who boarded in wheelchairs and, miracle or miracles, bounded off the plane when it landed at Islip. Which is why we affectionately call it The Flights to Lourdes…

  • American Airlines 587 went down due to the first officer’s overuse of the tail rudder, according to the NTSB. Also, it was not “quick thinking” of the flight deck crew that allowed the Southwest airliner to descend to a safe altitude, it was the result of following checklists created by Boeing and the FAA.

  • I agree with SkyHigh, terms like “quick thinking” make it seem like the pilot’s response was completely based in-the-moment. On the contrary, pilots are highly trained for these types of situations…reacting to a drop in cabin pressure is second nature by the time it happens in reality (however unlikely). Great article though, it’s important to understand where your fears are coming from. For me, learning how planes fly has done wonders for my fear of flying. I’m sure I’ll eventually reach a desensitized state like you describe, but for now it’s just me and physics up against the world!

  • Orient is its own county now?

  • yeah, and the late 19th century is ancient history.

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