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 has no shortage of gas, 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?
Governor Cuomo has the power to deny this pipeline the necessary permits. So how are persuading him to do just that? We’ve joined forces with other groups—Sane Energy, NYC Surfrider, Food & Water Watch, NY Communities for Change, United for Action, and NY/NJ Baykeeper—to defeat this proposed pipeline. We’re talking to people on beaches, at farmers’ markets, and in parks. We’ve gathered 1,500 petition signatures asking that these permits be denied. We’ve gotten 210 civic, environmental, justice, and climate organizations to sign a letter to the governor urging him to stop this pipeline. You can read the letter here. We’re asking local elected officials to sign a similar letter. We’re sending hundreds of postcards to the governor. We’ve testified at hearings held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We’ve sent formal letters laying out the evidence against the pipeline to the NYs agencies charged with decisions about the permits.
Let’s work together to stop this pipeline!
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