To the editor:
The Williams pipeline project, which would have brought fracked gas across the New York harbor, was finally stopped this month when a key permit was denied. The state government even noted that, consistent with New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, mandating 70% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2040, no new fossil fuel infrastructure at all should be allowed.
Now, National Grid wants to sneak their literally named Williams Pipeline Plan B through with a different pipeline, and by expanding compressor stations and liquefied natural gas transport facilities. The Public Service Commission will announce its decision on June 11. These plans must be rejected. We have no-pipeline solutions with electricity and energy efficiency – as National Grid even admits in its “No Infrastructure” alternative. Enhancing gas infrastructure means more CO2 in our atmosphere, worsening the climate crisis.
Governor Cuomo has been a climate leader. He needs to follow through on the commitment he made in signing New York’s ambitious climate legislation and make its goals attainable.