The Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement project will help heat NYC public housing with clean natural gas, improving the health of all New Yorkers.
Back In August, I wrote here about just how dependent New York City is on natural gas, some 81% of the Con Edison supply already coming from Pennsylvania shale gas in 2015. The New York Building Congress had issued a report titled Electricity Outlook: Powering New York City’s Future that unequivocally articulated the need for more pipelines to deliver that gas to the city:
New pipeline capacity for natural gas with direct connection to New YorkCity and Westchester County will be necessary to provide sufficient gas supplies to meet the expected growth in demand. FERC should promptly approve the recent application for Transco’s [Williams’] Northeast Supply Enhancement project. In addition, the State and City should work together to convene a working group of key stakeholders, including utilities and natural gas suppliers, to develop a strategy for the planning and approval of new natural gas pipelines directly into New York City…
FERC is expected, not too long from now, to issue an Environmental Impact Statement on the Northeast Supply Enhancement project but we’re learning more and details already about that project and its contributions to the health and well-being of New Yorkers, including those living in public housing`projects.