Here is a summary of the project and our objections:
National Grid is proposing a new 7.3 mile fracked gas pipeline to go from Bethlehem, through East Greenbush and ending in North Greenbush. They hope to begin construction this fall and anticipate that it will take three years to finish.
We object to the project for the following reasons:
Need not established: National Grid's explanation for why the pipeline is needed is not adequately backed up with facts and research.
Non pipeline alternatives were not seriously considered: Future need can be accommodated by conservation, energy efficiency projects and renewable energy alternatives.
Environmental Damage: The pipeline is contrary to NY State's Climate goals, will add to climate warming, increase fracking, and disrupt the Hudson River.
Danger and Disruption to the Community: Pipelines always have the possibility of explosions, and three years of construction (going under Route 4 and Interstate 90) will cause disruption to traffic in the community.
Public Involvement: National Grid did not adequately involve the community about their proposal. Since ratepayers pay for new pipelines through increased electrical rates, it is important to adequately inform these ratepayers.
Map of the proposed pipeline: