DEC Comment: Responses to National Grid’s Claim That the NESE will help with the Climate Crisis

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The Williams NESE fracked gas pipeline would endanger local communities and the environment, while further locking our state into dependence on fossil fuels at a time when we must be shifting as quickly as possible to 100 percent renewable energy.

In its May 15th Denial of a Water Quality Certificate to Williams/Transco for its proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation gave as one of its reasons the impact of the project on the climate. The DEC cited concerns with “the construction and operation of the Project, and from reasonably foreseeable upstream and downstream GHG emissions.”

On June 11, the consulting firm M.J. Bradley & Associates published a report commissioned by National Grid that claims that building the NESE would be better for the climate than if it were not built. National Grid is the sole customer for the gas that would flow through the pipeline, having signed a 15-year contract. The Bradley report compares the release of greenhouse gases (GHG) with and without the construction of the NESE for ten years, from 2020 to 2030. It claims to take all components into consideration: the production and distribution of fuel, as well as its transformation into energy. The report concludes that building the NESE would yield 32-37% less GHG emissions over 10 years than would be emitted if the pipeline were not built.