Great News!

The NYS Department of State, which has responsibility for determining whether the Rockaway Lateral is “consistent” with the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, was scheduled to release its report on September 3. Instead, it has requested a second stay, until December 5, 2013, in making its determination.

This almost certainly means that NYS Department of State has concerns about the project and wants additional time to review the matter before making a final determination. The NYS Department of State has the power to kill the pipeline if it feels it is inconsistent with the Coastal Zone Management Program.

Catch an Interview with CARP on “The Many Shades of Green”

Today, Wednesday, July 24, host Maxine Margo Rubin interviews CARP’s Maureen Healy about the Rockaway Pipeline and the Liberty Port Ambrose LNG terminal.

To Listen Live

The interview will air today, Wednesday, July 24th at 2 p.m. To listen live, go to BBox Radio and click “Listen.”

To Listen Later

The interview will be archived at BBox Radio and at Many Shades of Green.

The show will re-stream on July 25 at 9:30 a.m., July 27 at 8:00 a.m., and July 29 at 10:30 a.m.

What’s with the Signs?

Some of you may have seen a Human Pipeline along Flatbush Avenue — people holding up signs on the road to Floyd Bennett Field.

Here’s what it’s about: National Grid and Williams Transco are building a  high-pressure gas pipeline through Gateway and up Flatbush. Here’s why this is a really bad idea. [read more]

Stop the Liberty LNG Port!

Liberty Port Ambrose has applied to construct a deepwater LNG (liquefied natural gas) port just off Jones Beach. This will accelerate the pressure to frack and crush efforts to move to renewable energy. This project is being super-fast-tracked — we must stop it now! There are two things you can do to stop this port:

Contact the Governors Now! Tell Governors Cuomo and Christie to veto this project. Click here to take action now.

Attend a Public Hearing. There will be two public hearings only: one in New York and one in New Jersey. We urge you to attend. These hearings are our only chance to make our concerns heard. Details here.

First it was the gas. Then it was the pipelines. Now it’s LNG.

Liberty Port Ambrose has applied to construct a liquefied natural gas port just off Jones Beach – in the very place where a wind farm project is planned. Mammoth regasification vessels will be docking there every day, discharging wastewater and chemicals, pumping out greenhouse gas emission. The impact on sea life will be immediate and devastating. [Continue reading here.]

Rockaway Pipeline Takes On New Significance

At the beginning of the year, Williams/Transco applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to build the Rockaway Lateral pipeline project. The docket number for this application is CP13-36.

CARP has been puzzling for some time over an oddity of the Rockaway project: National Grid’s portion of the pipeline, phase 1 of the Brooklyn-Queens Interconnect (BQI), has been treated as an entirely separate project.

Even though the BQI is on national parkland, even though it transits the environmentally sensitive Jamaica Bay inlet, it has entirely escaped review by Congress, by state and federal regulatory bodies, and by the public. It has been subject only to New York City environmental review.

CARP member Maureen Healy pursued the matter with legal counsel familiar with pipeline issues and then submitted a letter to FERC that clearly and boldly lays out CARP’s concerns. Her letter, which challenges the segmentation of this project, is a must-read.

Coupled with other natural gas infrastructure developments in this area, the Rockaway Lateral is taking on new significance.

  • FERC recently announced that it would consider the Rockaway application jointly with another Williams docket, CP13-132: an application to upgrade three of its compressor stations, two in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania. This upgrade will allow Williams to send an additional 100,000 dth/day of natural gas to the Rockaway Lateral. This gas will come from the Marcellus Shale.
  • Liberty Natural Gas, an intervenor in the Rockaway application, has plans to open an import LNG terminal at Port Ambrose, about 19 miles south of Jones Beach. On the face of it, this makes no sense: there is already a glut of natural gas in the area, and more coming soon via Spectra. But if Liberty is able to open an LNG terminal, there is a high probability that it would quickly apply for a reversal: from import to export. And in all liklihood, that gas would be coming not from Trinidad or Louisiana but from the Marcellus Shale.

All of these projects together — the National Grid BQI, the Rockaway Lateral, the Williams compressor station upgrades, and the Liberty LNG Terminal — will increase political pressure to allow fracking in New York State.

If we are to prevent this from happening, and protect our national parks from further land grabs by private corporations — if we are ever going to move to renewable energy and start putting the brakes on climate change — we need to stop these projects.

CARP will be stepping up its outreach efforts in the near future. We welcome input from all of you, particularly those of you with professional expertise in this area. And we will keep you posted about future developments and upcoming events.