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Why You Should Take Action Against the Williams Transco Pipeline

Sandra Meola

Communications and Outreach Director

March 24, 2018

NY/NJ Baykeeper and our partners are battling the interstate Williams Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project. The NESE project proposes a 23.4-mile pipeline to transport natural fracked gas from PA through Raritan Bay at Old Bridge, NJ to New York City. If built, the pipeline will disrupt commercial and recreational fishing and boating, having an adverse impact on marinas and boaters in Cheesequake Creek, Sandy Hook, and the rest of the Raritan Bay area. Construction of the pipeline would also disturb 14,000 acres of habitat for shellfish, horseshoe crabs, and marine mammals.

But what about clean energy and climate action goals? Governor Phil Murphy signed several Executive Orders in his first few weeks of office to move New Jersey toward a clean energy economy. How will New Jersey reach clean energy goals if dirty pipeline proposals continue to receive rubber stamps of approval?

We urge the public and elected officials to be engaged and take action to oppose projects that will downgrade quality of life for New Jerseyans. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Williams Transco NESE project has been released on March 23, 2018.

How to submit a public comment to say no to this economical and environmentally damaging pipeline proposal:

There are 3 ways to comment.

  • You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project;
  • File your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature on the Commission’s website (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select “Comment on a Filing” as the filing type; or
  • Mail comments to the following address. Be sure to reference the Project docket number (CP17-101-000) with your submission:
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426
Public meetings have also been scheduled where the public can submit comments:
1. Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5:00 – 9:00 PM
George Bush Senior Center
1 Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
2. Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Best Western Gregory Hotel
8315 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
3. Wednesday May 2, 2018
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Franklin Township Community Center
505 Demott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
4. Thursday, May 3, 2018
5:00 – 9:00 PM
Solanco High School
585 Solanco Road
Quarryville, PA 17566
Thank you for all that you do to protect, preserve, and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary!
Sandra Meola
Communications and Outreach Director