Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pull the Pipeline Plug

Recently, Clean Ocean Action and our local environmental colleagues were alerted about a plan to install a new “loop” of natural gas pipeline parallel to the existing Lower Bay Lateral Line that was installed in the late 1960’s.

The new pipeline would extend from Middlesex County, NJ, across the bay, to the Rockaways on Long Island, NY. Project proponents argue that this pipeline project is necessary to meet the increasing demand by delivering fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale through a system of pipelines to the New York City area.

NY/NJ Baykeeper is leading a campaign opposed to the pipeline due to the construction impacts and hazards this project would present to communities, commercial shipping, clam beds, fisheries, marine mammals, recreational boating and much more. The preliminary designs demonstrate that this project would carve a nearly 22-mile long trench, 50-feet deep and 150-feet wide across the bay.

COA has advocated for transparency and public input and asked for a public meeting in our coastal area as soon as possible. Continue to monitor our social media and website to learn more.

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