New Fracked Gas Pipeline Proposal:
We recently learned that there is a new gas pipeline being proposed by Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, doing business as National Grid. It is called the Pipeline E37 Reliability and Resiliency Project and proposes approximately 7.3 miles of new 16-inch 300 psi fracked gas transmission pipeline, starting in Bethlehem, and going through East Greenbush and North Greenbush. They claim that the “current system is supply constrained during peak times” and the new pipeline would “allow for diverse sources of natural gas to enter the distribution system, enhancing the reliability of the natural gas system to serve the region…” But they also mention possible new customers and we worry about what they are not telling us.
“Pending approval of the needed permits, National Grid anticipates construction to begin in 2019, with an estimated three-year construction time frame.”
Go to their website: http://www.nygasprojects.com/pipeline-e37-reliability-and-resiliency-project.htm where you can find links to their 75 page application, Application Exhibits, Plan and Profile Drawings and other public documents.
According to their website they will hold Open Houses and Public Hearings at the Red Barn, 99 Town Park Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061.
- Information Forum and Public Statement Hearing on Wednesday, April 10 from 2-4pm and 6-9pm
Necessity is the mother of invention. If we continue to build fossil fuel infrastructure there is no incentive to find alternatives. Climate change endangers the future of our planet; we have to find alternatives. And we can’t wait. The NY State goal of 80% reduction in green house gas emissions by 2050 can not be met if we continue to build fossil fuel infrastructure. New pipelines will last for at least 50 years. (However they will be stranded assets long before that.) If it is a bridge fuel why are we giving it long lasting power?
By paying for a new pipeline with rate payer money, there is no incentive for National Grid to find alternatives The proposal did not look at non pipeline alternatives.
Why not use the rate hike money to incentivise the use of geothermal heat for new growth and pay entities to not use gas on the few peak days each year.
If we were at war, we would ask our citizens to make sacrifices for our national interests. We believe it is time to ask people to make sacrifices to ensure the continuation of a liveable planet. These sacrifices will be the necessity that will fuel invention.
We want our state, county and local legislators to:
- Look at what Westchester County has done in trying to deal with a similar situation.
- Ask that the hearing dates should be moved back by at least 3 months to give the citizens more than 2 weeks to prepare testimony. The company has been working on this for 2 years, we should have more than the current 2 weeks to study and respond.
- Ask National Grid to look seriously into non pipeline alternatives
Here is a map of the proposed gas pipeline:
Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment (CASE) was formed in February of 2018 (as Community Advocates for Sustainable Energy). CASE grew out of Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP), which was formed in the Spring of 2014 to stop Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Director Gas Pipeline. When the company withdrew its application in May of 2016 SNYFGP decided to continue to help other area fights against fossil fuel infrastructure and to create CASE to promote Renewable Energy. Since then CASE has organized three annual Renewable Energy Fairs and several community educational forums.
CASE/SNYFGP is governed by a Board of Directors, who meet monthly. Anyone who believes in our mission is welcome to join our mailing list and attend our meetings. Membership meetings are held 1 to 2 times a month. CASE/SNYFGP puts out a regular newsletter to educate its members about fossil fuel and renewable energy issues and to suggests actions its members can take.
We are a grassroots, all volunteer, self-funded organization of concerned citizens. Although we are a not for profit organization we do not have a 501(c)3 status.