NASSAU, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A natural gas pipeline and pump station set to be built in the town of Nassau has been put on hold.
Kinder Morgan’s plan to build the $3.3 billion Northeast Direct, or NED, pipeline has been hotly opposed by people living in Nassau and around Burden Lake. They’ve held public meetings for almost a year to inform people of the dangers associated with the pump station.
Many said it would release toxic, cancer causing chemicals into the air, and the immediate area surrounding the pump station was dubbed the “incineration zone.” Burden Lake is on the edge of the incineration zone and one of the areas that would have been most affected by the NED project.
Terry Nord is a member of the group Save Burden Lake. Generations of her family have spent summers on Burden Lake.
“My children had the pleasure of growing up here,” she said. “Now my grandchildren are fortunate enough to grow up here.”
That’s part of the reason she was opposed to the construction of the NED pipeline and compressor station.
“There’s formaldehyde, which is a huge problem,” she said. “And the carcinogens and the toxic chemicals used, so we would have had exposure to all of that.”
Nord has been fighting against it for nearly a year, but now that fight is over.
“We’ve worked nonstop, and we’re very, very happy today,” she said.
Kinder Morgan cited the lack of contracts with gas distributors and the economy as reasons for suspending the pipeline. But Nassau Town Supervisor Dave Fleming said he thinks people like Nord are part of the reason, too.
“Really, pouring over hundreds of thousands of pages of documents trying to understand the application and then to fight back,” he said.
Even Nord’s grandchildren protested the pipeline.
“I felt really angry at them because I don’t want to ruin this place,” Emma Marchiony said.
Nord said the news of the suspension was unexpected but welcomed.
“It didn’t take me long to be in the air – a couple of feet off the ground – and dancing and celebrating last night,” she said.
Even so, she said she’ll keep a close eye on Kinder Morgan in case plans to build the pipeline resurface.
“We are ready to fight for it,” she said. “We will continue to fight for it, and continue to keep our eye on what’s happening with gas pipeline infrastructure.”
A spokesperson for Kinder Morgan said it is very unlikely the project would resume in the future.