New Coalition Forms in NY to Push for More NatGas, Pipelines

Something has to be done about New York’s out-of-control governor (Andy Cuomo) and his opposition to natural gas pipelines. MDN’s beloved home state uses more and more natural gas each year–yet Cuomo refuses to allow new pipelines to be built allowing more gas supplies into the state. He is strangling the state economically–particularly Upstate. Two important pipeline projects have been rejected by Cuomo’s corrupt Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC)–Williams’ Constitution and NFG’s Northern Access Pipeline. Both companies have sued in federal court to force the state to back down (a years-long process). In the meantime, business, economic and o&g industry leaders have decided they need to do something. So a number of major organizations and businesses, including chambers of commerce, large midstream companies, labor unions and more have joined together to form a new coalition called New Yorkers for Affordable Energy. The group says it “supports increasing access to natural gas for manufacturing facilities, power production, transportation, and other purposes to support New York’s economy and quality of life.” Amen to that! For too long a small but dedicated group of anti-fossil fuel nutters have driven the narrative in The Empire State. It’s time that the our side gets heard. No, we won’t hold our breath that mainstream media will actually cover this new group favorably (they won’t). However, this new groups has influence in other ways. It represents billions of dollars that flow into and through New York State. Cuomo will listen to this new group–if he wants to get reelected…

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