A Keystone-like pipeline opens fierce battle over New York’s ‘energy future’

Sandy Hook

VIVIAN WANG and MICHAEL ADNO / NY TIMES – The proposal seemed straightforward: A new pipeline would connect natural gas fields in Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York, delivering enough fuel to satisfy the region’s booming energy needs and stave off a looming shortage.

That is the argument of the pipeline’s operator, the Williams Companies, which is seeking approval from New York and New Jersey regulators for the proposed $926 million project. But environmental activists tell a different story: They say the company has manufactured a crisis in order to justify a project that would rip apart fragile ecosystems, handcuff the state to fossil fuels and hobble New York’s march toward renewable resources …

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