MSC in Newsday: Cuomo’s policies impeding progress

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s policies to block energy infrastructure projects are squarely to blame for the lack of new access to natural gas. Consumers and small businesses across the metropolitan area are feeling the pinch of these poor decisions [“Business groups urging Cuomo to approve gas pipeline,” News, Aug. 29]. Blocking the proposed Williams Co. gas pipeline under New York Harbor and enacting unrealistic policies do not reduce the fundamental need for affordable energy access.

New York was the fifth-largest natural gas consumer for electricity in 2017, with the fuel meeting nearly 40 percent of the state’s power demands. Yet, gas-supply constraints are one of the primary drivers of New England having the highest average electricity costs in the continental United States, according to federal data. In Pennsylvania, where natural gas is used to generate electricity, cook food and heat homes, consumers are saving an average of $1,100 to $2,200 a year.

Pipelines are the safest way to transport energy and are closely regulated by federal and state agencies. Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources can help achieve climate goals and create economic opportunities. As demand grows, it’s high time for Cuomo to allow New Yorkers to realize the economic and environmental savings that Pennsylvania-produced natural gas can deliver.

David Spigelmyer
Marcellus Shale Coalition
Pittsburgh

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