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Natural Gas Pipeline Under Urban Park Opposed

August 6, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

A proposed 30-inch natural gas pipeline (shown in red) would transverse beneath the Floyd Bennett Field Park in Brooklyn. Map courtesy of Sheepshead Bites.

It’s no secret that many locals are riled up about the plan to allow National Grid and the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. (TRANSCO) to install a natural gas pipeline beneath the nation’s oldest – and one of its largest – urban national parks, Floyd Bennett Field Park.

In a one-month period, the project racked up 60 comments to the federal agency tasked with approving the project – all opposed. And, as soon as the plans became public, neighbors were outraged at local congressional leaders pushing the plan, as well as the National Parks Service for failing to seek community input, Sheepshead Bites reported.

The plan is to connect a primary natural gas artery in the Atlantic, just off the coast of the Rockaways, to a National Grid hub in Brooklyn. The pipe will go under the Rockaways, across the Rockaway inlet and underneath Floyd Bennett Field. There, Transco Williams will install a gas metering station in the two currently-unused hangars off Flatbush Avenue, which will be monitored remotely from their Texas headquarters. The line will then continue up Flatbush Avenue and into National Grid’s main system.

Though it appears the companies and government have been developing the project clandestinely for years, the public revelation of the proposal is spurring on activists who want to see it stopped for environmental and safety reasons – and also because it flies in the face of a new management agreement between the federal government and New York City meant to revitalize the park, capitalize on its resources and increase access to the public.

Those opponents held a rally on Saturday (Aug. 4) at Jacob Riis Park, slated to coincide with the city and fed’s open house session about the new General Management Plan for Jamaica Bay’s overhaul.

 

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