Karen Gaidasz, Project Manager
NYSDEC-Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th floor
Albany, New York 12233-1750
Dear Ms. Gaidasz,
I’m writing to support the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE), a critical expansion of existing energy infrastructure that will provide New York City and Long Island consumers greater access to reliable, clean and affordable natural gas ensuring safety, reliability and resiliency for the New York region.
NESE will provide National Grid access to an additional 400 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to meet the company’s growing energy demand and enable the transportation of additional natural gas supply, which will result in the displacement of the equivalent of 900,000 barrels of heating oil in the first year and the reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 200,000 tons per year. That’s the equivalent of removing nearly 500,000 cars from the road.
National Grid is currently converting about 8,000 customers per year from heating oil to natural gas in New York City (NYC) and Long Island. These conversions, as well as keeping up with new development in the area, won’t be possible without improved access to natural gas that meets current and future demand. Thanks to increased natural gas displacing fuel oils, New York City is currently experiencing its cleanest air in over 50 years.
The existing Williams Transco pipeline has reliably served the NYC area for more than 60 years and currently provides half of the gas consumed in NYC. Its expansion will ensure reliable and resilient service across NYC and Long Island.
I respectfully request that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation approve this much-needed energy enhancement project.
Northeast Supply Enhancement Supporter
On May 17, Williams filed a new application with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), showing that the discrete technical issues raised by the DEC in its initial permit denial have been addressed in order to remain on schedule to begin service by the 2020/2021 winter season. Williams recently received the Notice of Complete Application (NOCA) from the DEC. This milestone triggers the DEC technical review and comment period, which is where we need your continued support. Help us send another strong message in support of this important project.
Your support is critical, please take immediate action: The NYSDEC comment period ends July 13. Sign the support petition below and we will submit it to the DEC, urging permit approval of NESE.