DEC Comment: Shellfish Beds and Other Benthic Organisms

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.

When the DEC denied Williams a WQC on May 15, 2019, a major reason it gave for the denial was that construction of the NESE “would have major impacts to habitats due to the disturbance of shellfish beds and other benthic resources.”

In Williams’ re-application submitted on May 17, 2019 (“WQC Application”), it responded that, while indeed, construction of the proposed pipeline would indeed destroy whatever shellfish beds lay in its path, it would offer “compensatory mitigation.”  Williams would give $3.4 million to the Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project, a NYS project that seeks to restore native shellfish to Long Island.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has decision making power to stop this pipeline. They have very specific, legal criteria that gives them the power to deny Williams’ application, and we’ve made easy-to-access, online prompts that helps you write your letter. We will continue to add a new subjects in the coming days.