TOWN OF BETHLEHEM RESOLUTION OPPOSING E37 PIPELINE

TOWN OF BETHLEHEM RESOLUTION OPPOSING E37 PIPELINE

WHEREAS, National Grid is proposing to install the E37 Pipeline (“Pipeline”), with a length of approximately 7.3 miles and a 16-inch diameter located partially in the Town of Bethlehem (“Town”) and running under the Hudson River to Rensselaer County;

WHEREAS, National Grid has applied to the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need under Section 121-a of the New York State Public Service Law; and

WHEREAS, the proposed Pipeline would provide no benefit to the citizens of the Town of Bethlehem, while exposing Bethlehem residents to an increased risk of environmental harm due to a large volume of fracked natural gas flowing through said Pipeline through Bethlehem and under the Hudson River adjacent to Bethlehem;

WHEREAS, representatives of National Grid have failed to show the need for this Pipeline or the benefit to the Town’s residents;

WHEREAS, any rupture or compromise of the pipeline, even without an explosion or fire, would require extraordinary cleanup efforts, could force residents from their homes, and place a large number of residents in close proximity to hazardous materials; and

WHEREAS, the Hudson River is important to the wildlife and scenic beauty of the Town as it abuts ten (10) miles of the Town and any environmental harm to the Hudson River would impact the Town;

WHEREAS, the Town committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of adopting the Climate Smart Communities pledge in 2009 and initiating the Sustainable Bethlehem Program in 2012 and the proposed Pipeline is inconsistent with the goals stated in said pledge and Program;

WHEREAS, Governor Cuomo has stated a commitment to increasing the State’s generation of renewable energy while reducing our dependence on non-renewable sources such as natural gas and the creation of the Pipeline is inconsistent with said goals;

WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of East Greenbush has already passed a resolution opposing construction of the Pipeline; 6.13.a Packet Pg. 167 Attachment: Resolution re National Grid pipeline – revised per dvl comment (5604 : oppose E37 Pipeline)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Bethlehem:

  1. Opposes the construction of the proposed E37 Pipeline
  2. Urges the PSC reject the Pipeline Project due to National Grid’s failure to demonstrate the need for same;
  3. Urges Governor Cuomo to reject the Pipeline as inconsistent with the State’s stated goal of becoming less reliant on non-renewable sources of energy; and
  4. Directs the Town Clerk to forward copies of this Resolution to
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo ·
  • Diane Burman, Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos
  • U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand
  • U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko
  • State Senator Neil Breslin
  • Member of NYS Assembly Patricia Fahy
  • Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy
  • Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy
  • Albany County Legislators Frank J. Commisso, Joanne Cunningham, Charles Dawson, Andrew Joyce, Vicky Plotsky, Richard Mendick and William Reinhardt

On a motion by Council[wo]man______________, seconded by Council[wo]man _____________ and approved with the following vote:

AYES:
NOES:
ABSENT:

The foregoing Resolution was adopted on June 12, 2019