The state of New York is struggling to keep electricity cheap as it continues to deny pipeline projects to stray away from fossil fuels.
A controversy that has grown exponentially only in recent years, pipeline projects continue to be canceled in New York, and Dominion is defending its East Coast project amid the pipeline derailments.
Dominion is requesting three air-quality permits to build two larger compressors and expand an existing compressor station for its New Market pipeline, and the decision has been delayed as the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation extended the public comment period.
According to Dominion, FERC and New York’s Public Service Commission support the pipeline project that the company claims New York needs in order to supply the state’s current electric needs.
“People have a high demand for energy, and when they flip the switch at home, they expect the electricity to come on,” said Frank Mack, a representative for Dominion.
For a state that desires solar and wind power sources for energy, Mack said natural gas would serve as a “bridge fuel” until those power sources become more developed and can provide adequate supply.
Opponents to Dominion’s project want New York to indefinitely embargo fossil fuel-related projects.
A decision on Dominion’s proposal is still underway.