Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition NY (NESE Pipeline)

New York, NY

GOAL: Join us in stopping this pipeline that threatens New York communities and the climate.

Basic Info: Williams Co. is proposing to build a 23-mile long pipeline that will carry fracked gas under New York harbor. The pipeline would run along the coast of Staten Island then cross the harbor south of Brooklyn to join existing pipelines four miles off the Rockaways.


1. Sign Our Petition that we will deliver to Governor Cuomo.

2. Call Governor Cuomo at 888-997-5380 and tell him to block the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Pipeline.

WHY: There are many reasons to oppose this pipeline.

1.The pipeline is both unnecessary and expensive.

National Grid would be the purchaser of this gas. However, a pipeline to Brooklyn just completed in 2015 doubled the amount of gas available to National Grid. Yet over the next ten years the demand for natural gas should fall as New York switches to renewable sources. And the estimated cost of this pipeline is nearly a billion dollars, a cost National Grid customers would have to pick up.

Additionally, Governor Cuomo made a commitment to purchasing 2,400 MW (about 1 million homes) of offshore wind from an approved project of the New York coast called Empire Wind. We don't need the more fossil fuels when we have utility-scale renewable energy coming to our state.

2.Construction will harm both human and marine life.

To lay this pipeline, Williams must excavate a giant trench across New York harbor. The harbor seabed is contaminated by toxins like PCBs, dioxin, lead, and arsenic. These toxins will be churned up into the water and washed ashore by the tides, contaminating marine life and the shoreline. Williams says that construction will take a full year and at points may run 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Turbulence, vibrations, and noise will take their toll on marine life. Whales, seals, turtles and birds risk having their migratory patterns disrupted.

3.Williams has a poor safety record.

Natural gas is primarily methane, a highly flammable and explosive gas. Williams has a poor safety record in the management of its pipelines, compressor stations, and processing plants. In the last ten years, Williams pipelines and compressor stations have exploded and/or caught fire ten times. In addition, incidents at other Williams facilities have killed six people and injured dozens. These accidents have released methane into the atmosphere, leveled buildings, and contaminated groundwater. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has repeatedly levied civil penalties against Williams for neglecting safety procedures.

4.The Williams Pipeline is incompatible with fighting climate change.

While natural gas is often touted as less dangerous to the climate than coal and petroleum, it is in fact just as dangerous. Its primary component is methane, and methane in the first twenty years after its release is 84 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Even in the absence of accidents, the routine fracking, processing, and transportation of natural gas releases substantial amounts of methane into the atmosphere. New York City’s “80x50” program commits us to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. And New York State’s Clean Energy Standard commits the state to getting 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. We will need less fracked gas, not more, to accomplish this.

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