For Immediate Release
Governor Cuomo announced today that utility giant National Grid would pay a $36 million fine in connection with the company’s decision to not supply gas services to thousands of New York families and businesses as a part of the company’s pressure campaign to win approval of a new fracked gas pipeline.
National Grid has also apparently identified a short-term plan to alleviate what it claims is a gas shortfall, ending the company’s self-imposed moratorium.
Food & Water Action organizer Laura Shindell released the following statement:
“National Grid’s bogus gas moratorium was about one thing and one thing only: Pressuring New York political officials into approving a new fracked gas pipeline in New York harbor. Today’s announcement reveals that this was always a cynical ploy to claim a gas shortage that did not exist.
“Now, Governor Cuomo must ensure that the state capitalizes on this opportunity to end New York’s reliance on fracked gas. Governor Cuomo must demand a solution that relies on efficiency, renewables and the electrification of heating systems – not simply finding new, dangerous ways to move fracked gas around. If Cuomo is serious about the climate goals he just signed into law, it’s time for him to realize fracked gas isn’t part of the solution. ”