NY Denies Permit For Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion

May 16, 2019 - 10:37 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- State regulators have denied a water quality permit for a 24-mile underwater pipeline that has drawn protests from environmental groups while supporters say it's key for meeting the rising demand for natural gas in New York City and Long Island.

The permit would allow National Grid to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale gas fields to the metropolitan region but its denial was announced Wednesday.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project from New Jersey to Queens would expand the Transco pipeline, which extends from Texas to the Northeast coast.

According to environmental groups, it threatens marine life and extends reliance on fossil fuels rather than renewable energy sources.

A spokesman for pipeline developer Williams Partners says it will resubmit the application quickly.

New Jersey regulators must also decide on the project by June 5.