Williams is proposing to lay a new pipeline, called the Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline, which would carry fracked natural gas (methane) from Pennsylvania across the Lower Bay of New York’s harbor.
Why is this pipeline a bad idea?
- It would extend New Yorkers’ dependence on fossil fuel and so contribute to the worsening of climate change.
- Construction of this pipeline would threaten human health. The seabed that would be dug up for this pipeline contains unsafe levels of toxic substances like arsenic, PCB’s, and dioxin.
- In addition to churning up toxics into the sea water, the unrelenting construction, with its noise and water turbidity, will harm marine life.
- Williams and its subsidiary Transco have a poor safety record. A leak or rupture of this pipeline would threaten shore communities, both human and non-human.
- At an estimated cost of just under a billion dollars, yet delivering to an area that just got a new delivery pipeline in 2015, it is both unnecessary and expensive.
This underwater part of this pipeline would be laid for 23 miles along the south coast of Staten Island, past Coney Island, and ending 4 miles south of the Rockaways. Construction would require excavating a trench across the entirety of the route to bury the pipe. Williams says it plans to work on the offshore portion of this pipeline 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for over a year.
What are we going to do?
We’re going to talk to people on beaches and in parks. We’re going to get civic groups and elected leaders involved. We’re going to pressure Governor Cuomo and NYS agencies to deny Williams necessary permits. We’re going to testify at hearings in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that will be held this fall.
Let’s work together to stop this pipeline!
Want to help? Email infrastructure@350Brooklyn.org
Want to keep up with news on the Williams pipeline? Sign up for 350Bklyn’s newsletter