Pipe dream: Cuomo temporarily rejects pipeline off Coney Island coast

Go frack yourself: Protesters took to the streets on April 19 to demand Cuomo reject the Williams Pipeline permit, which he did on May 16.
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Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration temporarily rejected a permit to build a massive pipeline off the Coney Island Coast on May 16, in what activists claim is a major victory for environmental preservation.

“This is a huge win and will stop a dangerous fracked gas pipeline from passing through New York Harbor,” the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement.

The pipeline, officially called the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline, was slated to transport hydrofracked gas 23 miles off the shore of Southern Brooklyn, from New Jersey to the Rockaways.

Pipeline construction required approval from the Cuomo administra­tion’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which announced the decision to deny approval of the Water Quality Certification in a statement.

“Because the department does not have reasonable assurances that construction and operation of the project would meet all applicable water quality standards, it is denying the WQC Application without prejudice,” the department said.

Denying the permit “without prejudice” allows Williams Transco, the Oklahoma based energy company proposing the project, to change and resubmit its application to the state. A spokesman for the gas company called the rejection “technical” and promised they would expediently resubmit the permit request.

“The Department of Environmental Conservation raised a minor technical issue with our application for water quality certificat­ion,” said Chris Stockton. “Our team will be evaluating the issue and resubmitting the application quickly.”

If approved, the pipeline would take more than a year, and cost more than $900 million to construct, according to a New York City Council report.

The pipeline, which would run just two miles off the Southern Brooklyn coast, would supply natural gas to National Grid, which supplies energy to customers in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

In the lead up to the department’s decision, fellow energy company Con Edison, which shares energy transmission infrastructure with National Grid, sent a letter to elected leaders threatening a possible moratorium of new customers if the pipeline was not built.

“National Grid has been clear about their potential inability to serve new gas customers absent new interstate pipeline infrastructure, and Con Edison shares those concerns,” said spokesman Kyle Kimball.

Nevertheless, the pipeline’s rejection is being celebrated as a win for climate advocacy, including by the newest presidential contender, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who tweeted his thoughts on the decision.

“Our city’s message was loud and clear: we’re ending our dependence on fossil fuels,” he said.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Updated 2:48 pm, May 16, 2019
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lol@u says:
Great news! This will slow down the overdevelopment of Brooklyn and Queens. The extra million plus new people here are more than enough already.
May 16, 2019, 2:10 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Opposition to the pipeline is complete idiocy. If you care about global warming you would realize that without this pipeline newly build homes and businesses will be using heating oil, which not only is worse for the environment when burned but has to be tricked into NYC. Opposition to this pipeline is yet another example of the left taking illogical and irrational positions.
May 17, 2019, 5:42 am
Jay from Sheepshead Bay says:
John from Bay Ridge. You should know that methane traps heat way more effectively than carbon dioxide, and that if Williams would just fix their leaky pipelines, they'd already have enough to cover the supply problem. Also, there are a variety of other renewable ways to heat a home. Stop lying.
May 17, 2019, 9:45 am
lol@u says:
Quiet fool. No one will be “tricking” heating oil into NYC when the city raises the tax on it to reflect the true damage it costs to the environment. I suggest buying lots of warm clothing to keep you warm.
May 17, 2019, 9:45 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
What a pack of dopes posting here. Should leaking pipes be fixed by Williams? Of course. But the fact is that new development in NYC will continue, and you should be aware that there is a longstanding program to convert large buildings with oil burners to natural gas, to reap the obvious environmental benefits of a cleaner burning fuel. Along with not having to truck oil into the city. That requires a new pipeline to be built. If your fantasy is that new development in NYC and the conversion of existing building from oil to gas will, or should, cease, you are insane.
May 17, 2019, 10:09 am
Mai Dai from Gravesend says:
Make that rejection permanent.
May 17, 2019, 1:13 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Just pay the bribe and you will get your pipeline. Just like the popes the bring has to your stove and jet fuel to the airports. Oh? You didn’t know about that one did you.
May 19, 2019, 1:07 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Try that as pipes to your stove
May 19, 2019, 1:08 am
waste to energy from NYC says:
Waste to energy is the replacement to all fossil fuel. It not only solves our energy problem but solves our waste problem as well. So what are we waiting for? Awareness, education and to stop buying into big electric, big gas, big bull about what they say we need that they want to sell us. Any system that's not sustainable is a mistake. The world works as an ecosystem, follow it or fight it, your choice, while they'll be a clear winner.
May 20, 2019, 9:27 am

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