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PSC to hold hearings on National Grid pipeline plan

Apr 09, 2019 1:00 pm
Kenneth C. Crowe II is reporting for the Times Union the state Public Service Commission will hold two public hearings April 10, at the Red Barn in East Greenbush on the proposed Pipeline E37 Reliability and Resiliency Project. National Grid says the proposed natural gas pipeline is needed to improve service and reliability. The utility wants to build 7.3 miles of a 16-inch natural gas transmission pipeline from the town of Bethlehem in Albany County, across the Hudson River into Rensselaer County through East Greenbush, and extending to North Greenbush. The proposal has drawn opposition from the environmental group, Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment. “We shouldn’t be building fossil fuel infrastructure when the state has a goal of 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” said Becky Meier of CASE. The group argues that the public did not receive sufficient notice for the hearings, and a request for more time will be made to the PSC. CASE promotes the use of renewable energy; it grew out of Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, which successfully opposed Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Director Gas Pipeline. A spokesman for National Grid said the company is seeking to improve energy efficiency, get commercial customers to use less natural gas during peak demand periods and develop ways to add renewable gas from alternative sources such as farm waste. Project information will be provided at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Wed., April 10, followed immediately by hearings to receive public comment at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the Red Barn in East Greenbush Town Park on Town Park Road. Read the full story in the Times Union.