Today, the Cuomo administration announced that the utility giant National Grid must restore gas service to customers they were refusing to service in response to the state’s rejection of the Williams fracked gas pipeline in the New York Harbor.
The governor added that the company could face millions of dollars in penalties, and that the Public Service Commission is expanding its investigation of the company.
In response, Food & Water Action organizer Laura Shindell issued the following statement:
“National Grid’s reckless and cynical attempt to hold New Yorkers hostage in order to win approval of a dangerous, unnecessary pipeline is unraveling before our eyes. The Cuomo administration was right to reject the Williams pipeline, since it is a threat to clean water and a safe, livable climate. National Grid’s outrageous response—making bogus claims about a shortage of gas—has upended thousands of families and businesses they are supposed to serve. The administration’s recommendations, including energy efficiency and demand-response programs, underscore the fact that the Williams pipeline is absolutely unnecessary.”