In response to pipeline denial, NY gas company refuses to provide service to new customers
Two days after the NY Department of Environmental Conservation denied the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline application, National Grid has issued a moratorium on providing natural gas service to new NY customers. National Grid follows an identical move by ConEd, which issued a similar moratorium earlier this year; both companies claim that the approval of pipeline projects are necessary to sustain natural gas service to the area. The NESE pipeline project developer, Williams Companies, has contemporaneously resubmitted its application, which will also require environmental permits from NJ. National Grid believes the pipeline project will be approved and operational by the end of 2020-21.