Pipeline Officials Host Open House
More than 50 members of National Grid, Williams Transco, National Park Service and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission were on hand at the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday to answer questions from the community regarding the proposed pipeline project slated to be installed beneath Riis Park.
The plan is to tap an existing William Transco pipeline about three miles off the coast of Rockaway and run an extension beneath Riis Park, under the Marine Parkway Bridge and to a metering station in Floyd Bennett Field. The forum was more an open house rather than a public meeting with a formal presentation followed by a question and answer session. Representatives from all the agencies were there with informational materials and to discuss their role in the proposed project.
The preliminary plans put the project’s cost somewhere around the $265 million mark. The National Park Service would receive 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.
The plan still requires approval from the U.S. Senate, according to project officials. Permits with several federal, state and local municipalities must also be filed and approved before work can actually begin. The project is still in the infant stages of development. Estimates put the project at least one year away from beginning.