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Floyd Bennett Transco Pipeline

Green-thumbs decry gas pipeline at Floyd Bennett

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Veggies, noise, and pollution don’t mix, angry members of the Floyd Bennett Gardener Association fumed last week as they socked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with a laundry list of complaints against the proposed Transco Pipeline extension — a natural gas passage that would boost the National Grid, but plunk a heating and cooling station inside two Floyd Bennett Field hangers.

The new pipeline would likely kill off the gardeners’ beloved vegetable plots, deter the area’s abundant wildlife, adversely affect the Aviator Sports Complex, and change their jewel of a national park forever, critics say.

“People say that Floyd Bennett Field is the pearl of Marine Park,” said longtime gardener Lois Pinetree. “This isn’t how you treat a pearl, by industrializing it. The area’s wildlife respond to vibrations in the ground and the pollution. I can only assume how the noise and exhaust they generate will affect the birds.”

A gas pipeline is a big industrial no-no, added Jill Weingarten, a science teacher and association member.

“I can tell you the heating on the cooling units they are installing are going to burn gas, and pollute my park,” she said.

The unit will be tailored to offset any quality of life conflicts, said the pipeline’s operator — the Williams Company — which brings gas to the New York-New Jersey area via the Gulf coast, and is seeking congressional approval to lease the hangars.

“We are designing the meter station with enhanced noise mitigation materials and techniques to address any ambient noise created by the fans,” said spokesman Chris Stockton. “With regard to emissions, these are technologically sophisticated, low-nox engines, so we don’t believe that should be an issue.”

But Transco’s safety measures were cold comfort for Weingarten, who worried that the nearby Aviator Sports and Events complex could go up in smoke if concerned parents stopped bringing their children to the sports complex.

“This place was built for recreation, and there’s nothing recreational about a metering station,” she said.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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gas man from midwood says:
Natural gas is a clean-burning fuel and NY City needs as much as it can get. More gas piped into the city means less demand for power generated with other fuels, such as coal.

More gas supplies also makes it possible for more buildings to switch from oil heat to gas heat. That's a win for everyone.

Meanwhile, after it's built no one will even know the pipeline runs through Floyd Bennett Field.
June 22, 2012, 8:19 pm
Mat from Marine Park says:
They've already dug up a stretch of formerly "untouchable" land parallel to the East-West runway, and cleared a large swath of plants along the bike path, leaving nothing but bare earth. At one point you couldn't even walk down there without a permit and a ranger as a supervisor, for fear of disturbing the " ground nesting birds", but money talks, and —— walks.
June 23, 2012, 6:30 pm
Upset from Marine Park says:
Brooklyn and other areas will benefit from an increased gas supply, but I see no reason to run the pipeline under Flatbush Avenue and to place a metering station in a national recreation area. The pipeline and metering station do not belong in a park where people go hiking, camping, bird watching, gardening, etc. Plus the pipeline will run near the Aviator Sports Complex and up Flatbush Avenue past a Toys 'R Us. These areas attract many youngsters.

Why not keep the pipeline under water and then place the metering station on the Brooklyn Queens border near that large garbage dump in East New York? Very few people go there, and if the gas line explodes, and many of them do, it will burn the garbage with it?
July 4, 2012, 3:39 am

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