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Transco Pipeline one step closer to becoming a reality now that Senate has approved the plan

Natural gas pipeline will kill our crops, gardeners say

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The U.S. Senate approved a plan to run a gas pipeline through Floyd Bennett Field this week — a move environmentalists say will sound the death knell for Brooklyn’s only national park.

Mayor Bloomberg lauded the Senate’s decision to pass the New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act, which he says will bring jobs to the city and provide residents with clean and consistent energy, yet some say the decision to run the Transco pipeline under the historic airfield will kill the fruits, vegetables, and plants members of the Floyd Bennett Gardener’s Association grow less than 300 feet from the proposed metering station where workers will be able to access the gas pipeline.

“The fix is in,” said Joe Nerone, a member of the Gardener’s Association. “Boss Bloomberg, Schumer, Gillibrand, and the entire Senate Energy Committee sold our national parks to corporate interests, for nothing but money.”

The Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline, a Facebook group consisting of environmentalists and members of the Gardeners Association said that the bill has, in part, undone legislation that has existed for decades protecting national parks from industrial uses.

“It alters a 1972 law, which has long protected federal parks from uses other than recreation and conservati­on,” the opposing group said in a statement.

This bill only affects the Gateway National Park, but there are fears among opponents that the bill might set a precedent, and that industry will find many new uses of national park territory.

The legislation will now return to the House — where it was sponsored by Rep. Michael Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) and Rep. Bob Turner (R–Sheepshead Bay) — in November, which will vote to approve, or disapprove revisions the Senate made.

Grimm said the Transco Pipeline Extension project is expected to generate an approximate $265 million in construction activity, almost 300 local construction jobs, and about $8 million in annual local property taxes.

“The metering station is basically a secure building, inside a building,” the legislator said.

Passing the Senate was the most substantial hurdle facing the pipeline extension project, although it’s the not last — the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will have the final say when it concludes it’s study of the project later this year.

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Barbara Pearson from Sheepshead Bay says:
We're still fighting it. We have a petition to have President Obama veto this bill if the House re-approves it.

Please sign this petition ASAP - we need 150 signatures for it to be viewable by anybody who visits the White House petition website. If we get 25,000 signatures by Oct. 27th, we will get a response to it from the Obama administration.
Sept. 28, 2012, 12:33 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Okay Barbara, I get it.
The question I have to you is...
Do you have a viable alternate plan for the gas company to meet the energy needs of Brooklyn in the near future?
Sept. 28, 2012, 3:51 pm
jerry from marine park says:
think about our future,why would we let a few plants stand in the way of sustainable energy transportation, this is helpful so stop whining about your little gardens
which are doing nothing for my generation and our future
Sept. 28, 2012, 4:20 pm
Ralph from Marine Park says:
I was recently at a civic meeting in Marine Park where representatives from Transco were speaking and making a very good case for this pipeline. A small group of modern-day hippies were speaking out about how much pollution was caused by this type of gas and the evils of fracking and blah blah blah. I’m sure that every one of them has a gas stove and a hot water heater in their home and would not be too happy if there wasn’t enough gas to supply them. Although it went unsaid, almost everyone knew that all they were worried about was their tomato crop. I’m sorry, but you live in Brooklyn and you can buy tomatoes just about anywhere. You don’t need to grow them on public property in a national park. This pipeline is a necessary evil and no one wants it near them, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be built. By the way, the 8 million dollars they would pay in property taxes is roughly the equivalent of what 2000 homes pay in Marine Park. I don’t see how that extra money in the budget could hurt. In conclusion, I think we all need to bite the bullet and stop trying to fight the pipeline.
Sept. 28, 2012, 5:34 pm
Anne Lazarus from Manhattan says:
This is not clean gas. This is RADON-contaminated frack gas. This company has a history of explosions and leaks. 30% at least of frack gas is liquified for exporting to Asian and Europe where the prices are higher. The gas we get now from Texas and Louisiana is much lower in RADON and takes about 3 days to get here. Marcellus gas will take about one day or less to get here and has much more RADON.
Sept. 28, 2012, 5:39 pm
Barbara from Sheepshead Bay says:
To Jerry
People like you deserve the future the gas companies have in store for you

To Bob
Read the reports that are not paid for by gas companies. There is plenty of gas supply for Brooklyn for the next 30 years.
Oct. 5, 2012, 8:39 am

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