The state Senate was expected to consider a bill Wednesday that would put a one-year moratorium on all utility projects in Long Island Sound — including the proposed installation of a controversial electric power line from Connecticut to New York — pending a comprehensive environmental study.

The bill passed the House last week 138-11 with strong bipartisan support from shoreline area lawmakers.

The bill also calls for environmental assessments of all utility projects in the Sound, which is regulated by a battery of state and federal agencies.

–Associated Press