Local environmentalist to battle National Grid pipeline


National Grid is aiming to construct a new pipeline through several Rennsselaer County communities to help with the needs of its customers. Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment is with lawmakers in an attempt to stop the construction.

“The state, the country, the world, have all acknowledged that we need to cut down on fossil fuels. We can’t move toward that and continue to build fossil fuel infrastructure,” said member Becky Meier.

The group said they’ve taken on a large energy company before and won. Now they’re preparing to take on National Grid to stop the seven-mile gas line that is slated to run through Delmar, North Greenbush and East Greenbush.

National Grid said the pipeline is proposed to go through mostly industrial and commercial properties that already have gas lines. The energy company is planning two open houses April 4 to discuss its plans with the community.

“It’s not an us versus them kind of thing. We really want to talk to them,” said Communications Officer Patrick Stella.

National Grid said its prepared to work with the communities to make changes if need be. But Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment do not want it built at all.

The final decision on the plans will come from the New York State Public Commission. National Grid said it hopes to break ground by next fall.

Thursday’s meeting will be held in two sessions. The first from 11 a.m. to one p.m. and the second from four to seven p.m., both at Red Barn in East Greenbush.

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