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FERC GRANTS DIRTY METHANE GAS PROJECT 2-YEAR EXTENTION

BREAKING!!!

FERC GRANTS DIRTY METHANE GAS PROJECT 2-YEAR EXTENSION

Williams Transco’s Un-‘NESE’-sary Project Can Return to  Threaten Land and Sea  

On May 20, 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Williams Transco a permit, giving the company another two years to build a massive methane gas compressor station and 23.4-mile methane gas pipeline called the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE) through New Jersey communities, Raritan Bay, Lower New York Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean from Sayreville, New Jersey to Rockaway, New York. The project has been denied permits from both New York and New Jersey multiple times.

Citizens and advocacy groups rallied once again this past spring to stop FERC from granting the company the extension by working to generate comments to FERC and tweets to FERC Commissioner Rich Glick opposing the extension of time citing the lack of need, environmental and community impacts, and the fact that both states, many New Jersey municipalities and thousands of citizens oppose the project. 

FERC Commissioner Rich Glick tweeted, “Today’s #Transco Order does not change the state of play. If NY&NJ do not change their minds & grant the project section 401 water quality certificates, @FERC cannot permit the enhancement project to proceed.”

“Shame on FERC! This is double-speak!  NY and NJ already repeatedly said ‘NO,’ and rather than deferring to these states’ previous decisions and deny Williams Transco their pathetic request for an extension, FERC is again dumping the NESE project onto the backs of state and local leaders who have repeatedly denied permit after permit for years.  This will cause fear and worry for millions of people in the region and cost taxpayer dollars,” said Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action. “Should Williams ignore the will of the people and apply again, we are ready to rally-up for the fight.”

Read FERC's Extension Request to Williams Transco

Read Clean Ocean Action’s Comments Objecting Transco Request for Extension

Read Group Press Release Opposing FERC Extension Request


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