May 16, 2019

New Yorkers temporarily stop controversial Williams fracked gas pipeline in New York Harbor

Gov. Cuomo’s DEC rejects toxic and unnecessary pipeline “without prejudice,” in the face of threatened moratoriums, New Yorkers vow this pipeline will never be built

New York, NY — In the heat of a nearly three-year fight against the Williams fracked gas pipeline, the New York Department of Conservation issued a rejection “without prejudice” to the dangerous and unnecessary pipeline. The pipeline is slated to carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania through New York Harbor and out to the Rockaways. Activists will address the decision at a rally on the steps of City Hall tomorrow at noon.

The Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition issued the following statement:

“New Yorkers are winning the fight against the Williams fracked gas pipeline, and we’ll make sure this dangerous and unnecessary pipeline is never built. While Cuomo refuses to stand up for our health and safety, utilities and gas companies are holding our energy needs hostage, manufacturing false demand and threatening moratoriums if we don’t let them poison our communities. New York is at a crossroads, and this is the time to meet National Grid’s moratorium threat with funding the renewable heating and cooling industry. This outcome is even more reason why we need a state-wide ban on all new fossil fuel projects. There’s no room for fracked gas in a Green New Deal for New York.”

The decision comes just hours after opposition to the project moved decisively to the national level, with U.S. representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jerrold Nadler, Hakeem Jeffries, and 8 other congress members publicly denouncing the project.

The lack of an outright denial frustrated thousands of New Yorkers, who have been fighting the Williams Pipeline for three years. In that time, they have dropped banners; organized countless rallies, pickets, and community meetings; met with FERC commissioners and state legislators; marched 1000-strong over the Brooklyn Bridge; knocked on thousands of doors; and engaged in non-violent civil disobedience demanding that federal and state authorities reject the dangerous project and usher in a renewable energy New York.

On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his opposition to the pipeline, joining over 20,000 New Yorkers and 250 organizations across the state officially opposing the project. In March, 60+ elected officials—including City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, State Senator Julia Salazar, Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams—signed a letter calling on Governor Cuomo to stop the pipeline. In April, the New York City Council passed a near-unanimous resolution condemning the project.

Rigorous research shows that the proposed pipeline is not only dangerous but completely unnecessary. National Grid, the would-be sole buyer of the pipeline’s gas, has yet to refute these findings, despite claiming a gas shortage and threatening to end new customer hookups if the pipeline isn’t approved.

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NOTES TO THE EDITOR:

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Members of the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition, and author of False Demand report, available for interview upon request.

The Stop the Williams Pipeline coalition is organized by 350Brooklyn, 350.org, Food and Water Watch, New York Communities for Change, Rockaway Beach Civic Association, Sane Energy Project, and Surfrider NYC Chapter

For more, explore this media pack and visit www.StopTheWilliamsPipeline.org

Contact: Lee Ziesche, [email protected], +1 (954) 415-6228

Lindsay Meiman, [email protected], +1 (347) 460-9082

Robert Wood, [email protected], +1 (585) 261-2795

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