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.
“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.
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: