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 doing to get this pipeline stopped?
We’re working with wonderful allies to get this done: Food & Water Watch, Sane Energy Project, New York Communities for Change, Surfrider NYC Chapter, NY/NJ Baykeeper, 350.org, Rockaway Beach Civic Association, United for Action, Sustainable Staten Island, Ocean Action Research Rockaway. We’ve worked together to exert lots of political pressure on Governor Cuomo. Many hundreds of New Yorkers have called his office. In November the Coalition to Stop the Williams Pipeline delivered a letter opposing the pipeline to Governor Cuomo with the signatures of 210 environmental, justice, civic, and climate organizations. On February 7 we went directly to Albany to deliver over 14,000 petition signatures to the governor. And we’re getting local elected officials to sign an opposition letter which we will deliver in March. Along with frequent demonstrations and rallies, we’ve really been keeping the pressure on!
But now it’s getting to be crunch time! The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to grant Williams its permit to build this pipeline sometime before the end of April. Governor Cuomo will soon get a recommendation about the environmental effects of this pipeline from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It’s critical that the DEC hear from us!
- To send comments to the DEC: NESEproject@dec.ny.gov. All comments are due before 5 pm on Friday, March 1.
- For detailed fact sheets about the pipeline: https://stopthewilliamspipeline.org
- Attend the DEC’s hearings on Tuesday, February 26 at Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street, Bay Ridge. Rally at 1:30 pm. First hearing session: 2 pm. Second hearing session: 6 pm.
Let’s work together to stop this pipeline!
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