For Immediate Release
Today, Governor Cuomo issued a forceful response to utility giant National Grid’s refusal to service new gas customers, directing the Public Service Commission to expand its investigation of the company’s de facto moratorium.
The company has generated headlines for denying new gas service in parts of Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, implausibly arguing that the rejected Williams fracked gas pipeline, which would have taken over a year to build anyway, has created a sudden shortage of supply. Their actions have prevented businesses from opening, and reportedly could impact heating for low-income housing developments.
Last month, the company even sent an email to customers warning of a supply risk, and encouraged them to lobby to support construction of the pipeline.
In response, Food & Water Watch organizer Laura Shindell issued the following statement:
“National Grid has been shamefully doubling down on desperate tactics to pressure the Cuomo administration to approve a dangerous, unnecessary fracked gas pipeline in New York harbor. The company is consciously and deliberately harming New York families and small businesses, holding them hostage in a blatant attempt to force through yet another fossil fuel project.”
“The Cuomo administration is doing the right thing by standing up to the utility’s attempts to bully New Yorkers into building a dirty fracked gas pipeline.
“New Yorkers by the thousands have demanded that the Williams pipeline be stopped. National Grid’s money can buy radio ads and lobbying in Albany, but it cannot match the power of the movement to get New York off fossil fuels.”