What is the Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline (NESE)?
The 23-mile gas pipeline proposed by Williams Transco, an Oklahoma-based company with a poor safety record, would run offshore from New Jersey to Rockaway. The pipeline, which will be built under the sea floor, would come within a mile of Staten Island and continue past Coney Island and other Brooklyn beaches to link up with an existing pipeline off the Rockaway shore.
Campaign Update 6/10/18
Williams’ application is before the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC), which expects to issue its Final Environmental Impact Statement in September 2018 and a decision on the pipeline in December 2018.
FERC, in all likelihood, will approve this project. But the project can’t move forward without several state permits. In April, the New York State Department of Environmental Protection denied a water quality certificate for this project, but the denial was without prejudice and Williams has already re-applied. We are asking Governor Cuomo to deny Williams the needed water quality certificate on the merits with prejudice. Denying these permits would eliminate the risks that this pipeline poses to the health, safety, finances, and future of New Yorkers.
Steps To Take Action
- June 27, 2018: Stop the Williams Pipeline City-Wide Organizing Meeting. Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, from 6:30 to 9 pm. Follow the Facebook Event page
John Kane from the Seneca Nation, who hosts “Let’s Talk Native,” will share the evening with us. We’ll recap what our accomplishments and break into working groups to plan our next three months.
- July 14, 2018: door-to-door canvassing in Rockaway details TBA
- Sign the petition to Governor Cuomo here
Recap: 87 Citizens Testify at Williams Pipeline Hearing on April 26th, 2018 at The Best Western in Bay Ridge, NY
Why the Williams Pipeline Is Bad For New York City
Risks to human health and to marine life.
This pipeline will take more than a year to build, including periods where work would proceed around the clock. Its installation will churn up arsenic, lead, DDT, and PCBs from the sea floor. The noise and vibration from construction will also be harmful to humpback whales, oysters, clams, and the Atlantic sturgeon, an endangered species.
Fracked gas is a particularly bad climate actor.
It’s essentially methane, a greenhouse gas that captures 84 times as much heat as carbon dioxide in the initial 20 years after it’s emitted. Building a new pipeline in areas ravaged by Superstorm Sandy is simply unconscionable. Hurricanes Harvey and Maria are horrifying reminders of the destructive force of storms in an age of warming temperatures. If we want to confront the threat of climate change, we must end our reliance on fossil fuels.
The pipeline undercuts state and city promises on climate.
New York State is committed to a) getting 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and b) New York City is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. A new pipeline to carry fracked gas would undermine these commitments.
Williams has a poor safety record.
Since 2008, ten Williams/Transco pipelines and compressor stations have exploded and/or caught fire. The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has repeatedly fined Williams for violations of safety procedures. New Yorkers will be the first responders, placed in serious danger, in the event of a fire or explosion.
There’s no need for the gas.
Williams has not shown a need for this pipeline and there’s no evidence that New York City is in need of more gas. We should be investing in renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, rather than dirty fossil fuels.
New York gas customers would foot the bill.
Williams says this project would cost $926.5 million to build. If demand for the additional gas fails to materialize, National Grid’s customers in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island will be forced to pay for the project through higher rates.
Stop the Williams Pipeline NY (NESE Pipeline) Campaign organized by 350BK, Surfrider NYC Chapter, Sane Energy Project, Food & Water Watch, New York Communities For Change, United For ACtion and NY/NJ Baykeeper.