2012-11-30 / Top Stories

Riis Park Pipeline Approved By Obama

The controversial Brooklyn-Queens pipeline planned to run beneath Riis Park, was signed into law this week by President Barack Obama after receiving senate approval in September.

The New York Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act was sponsored by Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm and Rockaway’s Congressman Gregory W. Meeks.

The proposed three-mile pipeline, dubbed the Rockaway Point Project, would be installed by energy compa-ny Williams/Transco as a 26-inch di-ameter lateral pipe to their existing pipeline which is located approxi-mately 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.

Officials estimate that the project will create 300 local construction jobs.

“This is a critical time for the city of New York,” Congressman Meeks after the announcement. “In the aftermath of Sandy, it is imperative that we focus on job and revenue growth. The New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act will provide safe, clean and affordable energy to residents and businesses. At a time when many in New York City have suffered such great loss, this is welcomed news as we seek to rebuild our local economy and our communities.”

The project will cost $265 million and the money generated from the metering station will restore the hangers at Floyd Bennett Field to historical standards at no cost to the government.

The current pipeline system serving the Brooklyn and Queens portion of NYC was built 40 to 60 years ago and can no longer meet current demand. The planned route, officials believe will avoid residential, commercial, and environmentally sensitive areas. The project was included in the PlaNYC2030 report and is supported by the City of New York, the National Parks Service, and the Regional Plan Association.

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