National Grid Needs Natural Gas Pipeline / by Norris McDonald

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National Grid may be forced to declare a moratorium on supplying natural gas to big new projects such as the Belmont Park redevelopment if the company’s plans for a $1 billion gas pipeline don’t receive a needed state permit by May 15. National Grid has already notified some large customers that have requested service that we will not be able to provide firm service" if the pipeline is not completed. 

Growing demand, including record gas sales this month, and plans to supply gas for several big development projects necessitate the pipeline, which would provide up to 400 million cubic feet a day of new gas to the region.

The plan awaits a critical water quality permit from New York State. But Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration last year rejected the application and has  hesitated to approve new fossil fuel infrastructure projects.  

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National Grid is seeking state approval for a 24-mile gas pipeline, which includes about 18 miles under New York Bay and connects with existing infrastructure at sea beyond the Rockaways. Photo Credit: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line C

The 24-mile gas project, which will require no digging on land in New York,  includes about 18 miles of pipeline under New York Bay and connects with existing infrastructure at sea beyond the Rockaways.

 National Grid has contracted with the nation’s largest gas infrastructure company, Williams Transco, to build the new supply line, which also would also snake between infrastructure points in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Some environmental groups oppose the proposed gas line.

Over time, the company’s ability to expand its distribution network and absorb the 8,000 downstate customers a year it now converts from oil to natural gas, will be impacted.

On Jan. 21, the company’s downstate sector saw its highest volume day in its history when 2.8 billion cubic feet of gas moved through the lines.

National Grid’s New York operation provides natural gas to some 590,000 customers on Long Island and 1.2 million outer borough customers in New York City.

Other pipelines to Long Island are “maxed out, including the Iroquois pipeline across Long Island Sound. (Newsday, 2/1/2019)