Opponents to New York natural gas pipeline push energy efficiency, renewable options FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Crain’s New York Business:New York is a city of canyons. But for Ashley Fallon, a child of Breezy Point who now lives in Rockaway Beach, her portion of Queens can seem closer to California than Manhattan. The view from her surfboard might include any of three species of whales, two kinds of dolphins and baby seals. Walking on the beach, she sometimes spots the rare snowy owl.Fallon knows the beach was not always this clean or the water this full of life. That is one reason she has joined a coalition of local civic and environmental groups fighting the proposed Williams Transco natural gas pipeline. The groups, including Surfriders Foundation, 350.org and the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, insist the pipeline could inflict lasting environmental damage on the area.The 24-mile expansion of existing pipeline infrastructure would run 17 miles underwater, from New Jersey’s Raritan Bay across lower New York Bay to a Transco pipeline already in place three miles offshore from the Rockaway Peninsula. The projects supporters are no less passionate than Fallon. They say the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, or NESE, will address a looming natural gas shortage in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island that could inflict lasting damage on the region’s economy.The battle is playing out amid another gas shortage that has raised alarms across the region’s business community: Con Edison has declared a moratorium on natural-gas hookups in southern Westchester. As of March 15, the utility said, it will not be able to guarantee service for new projects, effectively stifling developments. National Grid, Williams’ partner in the NESE project, is warning of a similar moratorium in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island should New York not approve the billion-dollar pipeline by May 15. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which is weighing public comments, could block the pipeline if it found the project does not comply with the state’s water quality standards.But the project’s critics maintain the energy sector is at a tipping point, with new technology making strides in efficiency, and renewables having more potential. They cite gains from new boilers, building retrofits, eco-friendly building codes and more efficient electric heating and cooling systems.“You have to consider the alternatives now more than ever,” said Tom Sanzillo, a former New York state deputy comptroller who is director of finance for the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “And the reason you have to do that is because conditions in the industry are changing so fast and there are more and more alternatives and innovations.”More: Business groups say natural-gas delivery has reached a crisis point. Environmentalists agree
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– arson suspectedBy Andrew CarmichaelA 78-year-old rice farmer of 135 ‘A’ Mibicuri South, Blackbush Polder, Corentyne is now contemplating his next move after losing an estimated $22 million in a fire which gutted his two-storey wooden and concrete home on Saturday morning.The house was occupied by Marvin Duncan, 78, and his 65-year-old wifeThe house on fire in Black Bush PolderClaudette, who operated a grocery store and liquor parlour. No one was said to be at home when the fire started, prompting the suspicion that arson may have been the cause of the blaze.According to Duncan, he and his wife had left their Lot 35 ‘A’ Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder home at about 07:30h on Saturday morning and within 10 minutes of leaving he received a telephone call stating that his house was on fire.Visibly devastated, the man disclosed to this publication that before making his way back to Black Bush Polder, he made a visit to the Whim Police Station seeking assistance in making contact with the Fire Service but the closest one was not available. However, contact was made with the Corriverton Fire Station which immediately dispatched firefighters to the scene. They did not manage to save the building since it was already gutted by the time they arrived at the scene.Duncan estimates his loses at $22 million. The elderly rice farmer, who also owns a grocery shop in the bottom flat of his house, said the shop sold everything for the community and the parlor was popular in that part of Black Bush Polder.He is of the belief that someone deliberately set the fire to the three-bedroom, wood and concrete structure. Duncan, a rice farmer for approximately 30 years, noted that he suspected arson to be the cause of he and his wife currently being homeless. The elderly man revealed that he recently had a confrontation with an individual (whose name was given) about being a bad influence towards the younger generation within the village. He accused the man of providing illegal drugs to the community and confronted the now suspect about this issue.However, after the confrontation between the two, remarks and derogatory slangs would be meted out to Duncan whenever the young man was around. According to him, the young man seemed to be very furious while they were making their way out of the village on Saturday morning as he stood next to a bus shed.Duncan said from all indications the fire was started at the back of the building where he had a room with a bed. He is of the opinion that someone threw something flammable through the window which was left open.He further explained that they did not light the stove before leaving home.Reports are that the blaze was first seen in the area of the bedroom which also housed washroom facilities.Eyewitnesses say the fire quickly engulfed the building even before they could make attempts to form a bucket brigade. Reports are there were three drums of fuel which further assisted the fire.Duncan is bent on continuing his rice farm in which he cultivates 30 acres.He is currently preparing for the 2018 spring crop.The fire service and Police are conducting investigations.