Pipeline Public Hearings This Week
The company hoping to run a new pipeline extension beneath Riis Park into a metering station at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to meet the natural gas demands of both Rockaway and South Brooklyn, will host a public forum next week to explain their proposed project to the community.
Williams/Transco and National Grid who are in the early stages of developing a project that would provide an increased amount of natural gas to the area, will hold public meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25. Tuesday’s meeting will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 333 Beach 90 Street at 7 p.m. and on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Aviator Sports and Events Center in Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn.
The proposed three-mile pipeline, dubbed the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project, would be installed by energy company Williams/Transco as a 26-inch diameter lateral pipe from their existing pipeline which is located approximately two miles off the shore of Rockaway. It would run underground to Riis Park where National Grid would take over and continue the pipeline under Jamaica Bay, beneath the Marine Parkway Bridge and into a newly installed metering station located inside a hangar at Floyd Bennett Field.
The plan has been in the works since 2009 and was first reported by The Wave in 2010 when a Williams/Transco Energy boat was seen off the shore of Fort Tilden performing survey work. The population and housing surge of Rockaway, in part, has resulted in an increased need for the fuel line.
“The preferred route avoids residential, commercial and sensitive environmental areas. Under the preferred route, the majority of the onshore pipeline is located within Gateway National Recreation Area, primarily extending beneath a pitch-and-putt golf course located within the Jacob Riis Park to a tie-in point with a proposed National Grid pipeline,” the company said in its announcement.
The meeting is a necessary step, the company says, before they file a formal application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission later this year.
The preliminary plans put the project’s cost somewhere around the $265 million mark with National Park Service receiving up to $10 million from National Grid to be put back into Gateway National Recreation Area for allowing a hangar at Floyd Bennett field to be used as the metering station.
“Williams and National Grid are seeking early input from citizens, governmental entities and other interested parties to identify and address potential siting issues. The comments gathered during this planning phase will help shape the final project scope,” Williams said.