For two years, thousands of New Yorkers have worked together to stop a billion-dollar fracked gas pipeline in the New York harbor. Working with the Stop the Williams Pipeline coalition, our New York organizing team has coordinated rallies, delivered boxes of petitions, generated thousands of comments, and trailed Governor Cuomo anywhere and everywhere we could find him.
The battle saw determined grassroots fighters squaring off against a big fossil fuel corporation that had teamed up with the city’s giant utility company. It was big money vs. people power. And we won.
Pipeline progress hinges on a permit
On the evening of May 15, Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation denied Transco Williams a critical water quality permit. As the agency put it, “construction of the proposed project would result in significant water quality impacts from the re-suspension of sediments and other contaminants, including mercury and copper. In addition, the proposed project would cause impacts to habitats due to the disturbance of shellfish beds and other benthic resources.”
Williams, of course, is not going away quietly. The company claims that the decision is just a temporary technical setback, and that they will re-apply quickly.
That’s no surprise. But we beat Williams once, and we will beat them again.
Your help is needed to defeat this pipeline for good
This win points the way forward. The climate movement must make halting all new fossil fuel infrastructure a top priority from coast to coast. In order to win a real Green New Deal, in New York or anywhere else, all of these dirty energy projects must be stopped once and for all.
This win shows the power of that movement, and that message. Now let’s take it everywhere. Sign on below to call for a stronger Green New Deal that bans fracking all over the country!