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The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has decision making power to stop this pipeline. They have very specific, legal criteria that gives them the power to deny Williams’ application. Read below for more info and a link to all our ACTIONS to an easy-to-access, online prompts that helps you write your comment letter that will be sent direct to the DEC. We will continue to add a new subjects in the coming days.
Background: When the DEC denied Williams a WQC on May 15, 2019, a major reason it gave for the denial was the fact that the NESE project “would result in greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, which cause climate change and thus indirectly impact water and coastal resources.” However … when Williams re-applied on May 17, 2019, it responded that, “without agreeing that this comment is relevant to the Water Quality Certification,” building the NESE would reduce GHG emissions… CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION TO FORM YOUR COMMENT ON CLIMATE AND WATER IMPACTS
Background: When the DEC denied Williams a WQC on May 15, 2019, a major reason it gave for the denial was that construction of the NESE “would have major impacts to habitats due to the disturbance of shellfish beds and other benthic resources.” However… in Williams’ re-application submitted on May 17, 2019 (“WQC Application”), it responded that, while indeed, construction of the proposed pipeline would indeed destroy whatever shellfish beds lay in its path, it would offer “compensatory mitigation.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION TO FORM YOUR COMMENT ON IMPACTS THIS PIPELINE WILL HAVE ON SHELLFISH & BENTHIC ORGANISMS THAT ARE CRUCIAL TO OUR ECOSYSTEM
Background: When the DEC denied Williams a WQC on May 15, 2019, a reason the DEC gave for the denial was that the construction schedule did not provide any buffers that would keep it from impinging on “time-of-year” restrictions should Williams encounter any delays. These restrictions ensure that vulnerable species can migrate and spawn without impediment. However… in Williams re-application on May 17, 2019, Williams responded that it had made the construction plan shorter to ensure that it wouldn’t impinge on the migration and spawning of sensitive marine species. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION TO FORM YOUR COMMENT ON THEIR UPDATED CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE AND HOW IT IS EVEN MORE HARMFULL
Background: When the DEC denied Williams a WQC on May 15, 2019, a major reason it gave for the denial was that “[m]ost notably . . . water quality standards for both mercury and copper are projected to be exceeded in certain areas in New York State waters.” The DEC also noted “significant water quality impacts from the resuspension of sediments.” In Williams’ re-application their presentation of new data showing acceptable copper and mercury levels under its new construction plan is presented as more reliable than it actually is. Additionally… The slower dredging times that Williams promises to use to prevent excess copper and mercury conflicts with the schedule speed-up Williams promises to follow to avoid harming threatened and endangered marine species. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION TO FORM YOUR COMMENT ON THEIR UPDATED PLAN TO AVOID CONTAMINATING OUR WATER WITH MERCURY AND COPPER