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Last week, in a story about the April 26 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting on the draft Environmental Statement for Williams’ proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE), much of the response was anti-pipeline. However, there are those who also showed support.

Williams, the company behind the project that would include 23.5 miles of pipeline under the ocean from New Jersey to the Rockaway Lateral Project, explained the need for NESE.

“Natural gas is a critical component of the mix of energy sources necessary to meet the region’s growing energy needs. National Grid estimates that with the added capacity provided by the project, natural gas could displace the equivalent of 3,005,797 gallons of heating oil, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 2.4 million tons per year.

“Recent heating issues at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residential complexes underscores the need for heating system upgrades. National Grid is investing more than $200 million per year to convert their customers from oil to natural gas in New York City and Long Island. NESE is critical to make these conversions possible,” Williams said.

Among those who support the project are the New York League of Conservation Voters, Laborers' International Union of North America, New York Building Congress, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Evergreen North Brooklyn Business Exchange and Brooklyn Sen. Kevin Parker along with NYCHA residents.

 “We take all of those concerns seriously and are committed to working to address issues the best we can. We believe that the draft Environmental Impact Statement positively reflects our efforts to collaborate with stakeholders to design this project in an environmentally responsible manner,” Williams said.

Public comments are being accepted through May 14. Search “Northeast Supply Enhancement Project” on www.ferc.gov to e-File your comments.

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