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Demonstrators protest National Grid's fracked gas pipeline in Williamsburg

12 News Brooklyn logo 12 News Brooklyn 2/15/2020
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People in Williamsburg Saturday protested a fracked gas pipeline that is being built by National Grid.

The demonstration was put together by Sane Energy Project and other groups, including DSA, Sunrise Movement, Rise and Resist, Extinction Rebellion, El Puente, Los Sures and more who worked with community members to organize the rally. 

Organizers say National Grid wants to raise New Yorker's monthly bills to complete a new 30-inch high pressure fracked gas pipeline through Brooklyn.

According to Sane Energy Project, National Grid needs $185 million to finish the current phase in Bushwick and continue into Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Demonstrators say they are upset about the proposed increase as well as the impact the pipeline will have on the environment.

They also say construction has negatively impacted businesses in the area.

Organizers are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to put a stop to the pipeline and they say the city should instead be investing in renewable energy that would be safer for the environment.

In a statement, National Grid said in part, "This project improves safety, reliability and resiliency for our existing customers. It does not bring additional gas into the system. The project is important to natural gas customers in the local community who depend on gas service to heat their homes and run their businesses. The gas main design, engineering controls and safety features we have in place meet or exceed NYC construction standards."

Last week, the mayor put out an executive order opposing any projects increasing the amount of fossil fuels in the city. The mayor's office says the city needs to break its addiction to fossil fuels and is reviewing every project proposed by utility companies.

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