FERC issues Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Rockaway Pipeline

On February 28 2014, the FERC staff concluded that, “if the proposed Projects are approved, constructed, and operated, the proposed facilities would result in some adverse environmental impacts. However, these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of Transco’s proposed minimization and mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended in the EIS.”

To read the full EIS, go here.

Given the safety record of the Williams Transco and other Williams subsidiaries, CARP wonders whether Transco will indeed implement sufficient measures to protect Gateway National Recreation Area and surrounding communities of the Rockaways and South Brooklyn from these adverse environmental impacts. During the comment period in late 2013, CARP submitted a 40-page document explaining our many objections to the construction of this pipeline. We are continuing our efforts to change the outcome of this project. The most pressing task at hand is to notify users of Riis Beach that construction is expected to begin in May or June of this year, and to mobilize the voices of the community and visitors to alert their representatives in city and state office that this is unacceptable.

We will post outreach opportunities at this site.

We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions at info@carpny.org.


The Pipeline Follies

Concert and Fundraiser for CARP

The Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline

is coming your way


MUSIC, MAGIC and ART in the beautiful

Park Slope United Methodist Church

6th Avenue at 8th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

(F train to 7th Avenue station at 9th Street)

***   $10 admission, or whatever you can afford   ***


For the past two years CARP has been campaigning to stop the Rockaway pipeline. With the able assistance of environmental law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, CARP submitted a detailed 40-page document to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission explaining why this pipeline must not be built. This document will provide the basis for a legal appeal if FERC grants Williams Transco permission to construct the pipeline. Now we are waiting for FERC’s decision

Regardless of the outcome of this struggle, CARP will continue to educate people about climate change and mobilize against Big Energy. But we can’t do this without your help. We need to raise $1,000 to pay our able and generous legal team. And we need money to fund flyers and forums.

So come to our fundraiser on February 28! Performers include:

Jonathan Fluck, thespian and Master of Ceremonies

Pinetree, Floyd Bennett Field gardener, poet, and singer

Anne Bassen voice, with Edith Lettner on sax

folksingers Peter Pasco and Joel Landy

Such as Us, The Lords of Liechtenstein

Kid Ace (master of the magical arts)

Elizabeth Soychak (the Lady in the Green Dress from The Highline Renegade Cabaret)

Ay Mayo! (Afro-Columbian drums of power)

the legendary Rude Mechanical Orchestra

and – direct from the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street the medieval mixed media known as a Cantastoria.

Video and photography courtesy of Environment TV.

And if you can’t make it but still want to contribute, you can make a tax-deductible donation of any size through our DONATE! page.

Comment Period to FERC has ended; see below for CARP’s submittal


The comment period on the Rockaway Lateral Pipeline project to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ended. We welcome you to use information from the document CARP Pipeline Comments to FERC December 9 2013 in your efforts on behalf of the environment.

We gratefully acknowledge the work of the Sane Energy Project for the sections on Radon and Lack of Notification, from which we copied verbatim, to Renew New York for the boiler conversion text (also copied verbatim), and to our colleagues at Occupy the Pipeline, New York Climate Action of Brooklyn For Peace, Park Slope United Methodist Church, New York City Friends of Clearwater, United for Action, the Occupy Wall Street Environmental Solidarity Working Group, New York Climate Action Group, C.B. 14 in Rockaway Park, and others. And a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made comments. They poured in over the past days and weeks, especially in the last hours of the workday on Monday, Dec. 9. You responded to over a month’s worth of emails and social networking, used your smartphones to capture CARP’s “Not On The Beach” link from the beautiful posters displayed throughout the Rockaways and parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan, spoke out at hearings, offered support, and spread the word. Your comments were passionate and moving, many stunningly brilliant, speaking for our rights to safely visit OUR National Recreation Area, for the health of the ocean and bay and the protection of the wild creatures who live there or migrate through, breeding and nesting, for the people upstream who would be affected by fracking to feed a gas pipeline imposed upon us by Bloomberg’s administration (and implemented by the National Parks Service) and built by a company with a horrendous safety record, for the children in NYC kitchens who would breathe radioactive gases coming in from Marcellus gas, and for the fragile and unstable climate that is our planet’s life support system.

To paraphrase Margaret Mead, CARP’s 40-page comment.is the result of the work of a small group of committed people.

We’ll keep you informed of next steps, including a fund-raiser to pay the legal fees for the excellent help received from Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal, one of the nation’s top environmental law firms. And thanks to Noah at the Center for Biological Diversity for understanding the urgency of the struggle and providing us that connection, and to the small shopkeepers who welcomed us and our posters, and to Genevieve’s class at the New York City College of Technology for creating them with humor and bite.

Five of the posters were seen by much of NYC, but we want you to get a look at everyone’s great work:

bikini in yellow

blue mask


drowning man

not so far

one of these things

red and green

red mask

Rockaway Pipeline Comments to FERC – WEEK 5: IT’S NOW OR NEVER

Protect the Climate: No Rockaway Pipeline!
An Action Alert from CARP: The Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline (www.carpny.org)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is accepting comments on the Rockaway Lateral Delivery Project. Please make a comment, and help us to fight hydrofracking and climate change, which will be exacerbated by this project. 
The gas industry intends to surround us with an expanding network of shale gas pipelines to bring fracked gas to markets here and overseas. One of these is the Rockaway pipeline, a 26-inch high-pressure pipeline to be built by Williams Transco and National Grid. It will be trenched into the ocean floor, run under the sand of Riis Park Beach, cross below the Rockaway Inlet adjacent to Jamaica Bay, and continue up Flatbush Avenue to a metering & regulating facility (M&R station) to be built in two historic hangars at Floyd Bennett Field.
Plans for this pipeline are currently under review by FERC, which has issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) on the project.
The public can make comments on the Rockaway Lateral Delivery Project (Docket No. CP13-36-000) until 5:00pm on December 9th.  (Scroll down for information on how to submit comments to FERC)
To help you prepare your comments, we have been featuring various aspects of the many dangers and concerns surrounding this pipeline.  Our final suggested comments focus on the impacts this project will have on hydrofracking and climate change.
Talking points on this week’s topic: Hydrofracking and Climate Impacts
Williams Transco has acknowledged that this pipeline will carry fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale.  So it’s not hard to figure out that this will drive production from shale plays upstream and upwind of NYC, will increase the pressure to frack in NY State as well as Pennsylvania, and will help place in jeopardy the water supply and foodshed of millions, creating unacceptable health impacts, stressing local roads and local communities, and potentially turning many more formerly beautiful rural areas into an industrialized zone.  Is this what we want for New York?
Air pollution from the gasfields and emissions from the pipeline and its metering and regulating station (outrageously sited near the Floyd Bennett Community Gardens) will not only cause health effects for humans, plants and animals, but will more than negate the purported “clean burning” advantage of natural gas.
At a time when we should be doing everything we can to reduce greenhouse emissions, we will, in fact, be increasing them: as Cornell scientists Howarth, Santoro and Ingraffea document in the May 2011 issue of Climatic Change Letters, 
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-011-0061-5  the carbon footprint of shale gas from extraction through delivery and final use is greater than that of oil or even the dirtiest coal.
It’s especially ironic that this pipeline full of greenhouse gas would be going straight through Rockaway, an area which has already been devastated by the effects of climate change in the form of superstorm Sandy. The more we learn about energy production, the more we see that sustainable energy sources like wind, tidal, and solar power are the only way we can hope to mitigate the impending climate catastrophe which is expected to have dramatic impacts on our planet and civilization.
Also, far from providing “energy independence,” the use of shale gas will make NYC more, not less, dependent on volatile supplies and prices of fossil fuels.  The massive buildout of natural gas infrastructure currently underway in the Northeast, including facilities for export, encourages sellers to seek the highest bidder, and prices here will rise as gas is exported to markets overseas willing to pay top dollar. Furthermore, despite the industry hype, independent analysis and evidence from older shale plays now indicate that the amount of gas recoverable from the Marcellus will be much less than originally expected.
The only entities that truly need this pipeline are the two principal corporations involved in building it, namely, National Grid and Williams Transco. And their need is not based on providing a service to New Yorkers; rather, it’s based on their need to make a profit, regardless of the consequences.
What New Yorkers truly need is a different approach to energy, one that involves government support for energy efficiency in transit, energy conservation in buildings, a modern energy distribution system, and a rapid conversion to renewable energy. But this can only be achieved if there is the political will – and the public financial support – to bring this about. Continuing to build pipelines and promote the use of shale gas is absolutely going in the wrong direction.  Shale gas is not a “bridge fuel,” it’s a gangplank to disaster.
FERC asserts that it is not their role to consider the effects this pipeline will have on hydrofracking and climate change.  It is our role to tell them that they should, that they must consider these factors in their decisions. Please tell FERC, in your own words, that there are two more reasons not to build this pipeline: on the one end, it will encourage more fracking, and on the other it will insure more climate change.
Please tell FERC, in your own words, that the contribution to catastrophic climate change is one more reason why the Rockaway Pipeline should not be approved, and should not be built.

How to Submit Comments

You can submit a short text-only comment of 6000 letters or less by clicking on the COMMENT box hereBE SURE TO INCLUDE THE DOCKET NUMBER, CP13-36-000.

If you want to submit with attachments, or are commenting on behalf of an organization or sending a paper copy, go here for instructions.

Other Talking Points

Please see our suggested talking points concerning the likelihood of construction at the beach this spring and summer, the segmentation of parts of this project to avoid federal review, the inappropriateness of siting this project in a national park, the dredging up of long-buried toxins, the possibility of radon exposure, the dangers of explosion and flooding, whether we actually need this gas, the effects of more fossil fuel development on our climate, and how this pipeline and others will lock us in to more fracking rather than helping us transition to renewable energy. Thank you.