NY rejects $1billion pipeline project
The NY Department of Environmental Conservation rejected the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline, finding the project would “result in water quality violations and fails to meet New York State’s rigorous water quality standards[.]” The NESE pipeline, proposed by Williams Companies, would run 37 miles and connect natural gas fields in Pennsylvania to NY and NJ. Williams claimed the $1billion pipeline would curtail a purported foreseeable energy shortage and is allegedly critical to fulfilling the area’s energy needs. Environmentalists accuse Williams of “manufacturing a crisis to justify a project that would rip apart fragile ecosystems, handcuff New York to fossil fuels and hobble the state’s march toward renewable resources.” The DEC denied the pipeline application without prejudice, which gives Williams an opportunity to reapply – an opportunity, the company has indicated, it intends to seize.