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Natural gas pipeline proposal concerns area residents

April 04, 2019 06:50 PM

A proposed natural gas pipeline that would travel through Albany and Rensselaer counties is causing controversy.

The line would start in Bethlehem, and go through East and North Greenbush.

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National Grid says it's necessary, but others are worried about leaks and explosions.

National Grid officials say they want to be open and transparent in this process. That's why they're hosting open houses for residents and officials to come and ask questions, look at maps and share their concerns.

Leaks and explosions were definitely among the biggest concerns NewsChannel 13 heard on Thursday. The plans also drew criticism from East Greenbush Town Supervisor Jack Conway. He says East Greenbush residents would be directly impacted by the line, but wouldn't see any direct benefits from it.

National Grid says the project would have regional benefits. The 7.3 mile, 16-inch natural gas pipeline would close a loop between two existing pipelines that serve the Capital Region.

National Grid officials say closing the loop will ease a supply constraint on the East Gate, it would alleviate potential disruptions for customers and it would allow the company to bring in more diverse sources of natural gas.

Patrick Stella, a spokesperson for National Grid, says that they did look at alternatives, like compressed and renewable natural gas projects, but ultimately decided that this project would impact residents the least.

Stella says they've also invested in award-winning energy efficiency programs, but there's still a growing need for gas in the area.

Some people, including the East Greenbush Town Supervisor, still aren't sold. Hear more about his concerns by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.


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