New York, NY — Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his opposition to the Williams fracked gas pipeline, stating: “The Williams pipeline will take us in the wrong direction, will take a bad situation and make it worse. I am here to say: No. No to the Williams pipeline. We need to strand the fossil fuels in the ground. And we need to say No to the Williams pipeline.”
On this notable announcement, the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition, issued the following statement:
“With the Mayor’s opposition to the Williams Pipeline, we can now say that it’s official: New York City stands united against new fracked gas infrastructure and the energy of the past. We are thrilled to see the Mayor take a stand on the right side of history. Now, we turn to Governor Cuomo, whom we implore to do the right thing and reject this project for good.”
This comes as New Yorkers rally outside a National Grid utility forum in Albany, demanding Renewable Heat instead of fracked gas.
“We thank Mayor de Blasio for standing with our communities, and against Trump and climate-wrecking fossil fuel billionaires,” said Cata Romo with 350.org. “Elected officials in New York are united in opposition against the risky Williams pipeline. Now it’s time for Governor Cuomo to stand with the people of New York and oppose this reckless pipeline. Governor Cuomo: whose side are you on? There’s no room for a toxic and unnecessary pipeline in a Green New Deal for New York. ”
“New York City can lead the world on climate action and that starts with rejecting the expansion of fracked gas infrastructure,” said Lee Ziesche organizer with Sane Energy Project and the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition. “We thank Mayor de Blasio for recognizing there’s no room for a fracked gas pipeline in Green New Deal and call on Governor Cuomo to show the same leadership.”
De Blasio joins over 60 elected officials, 250 New York groups, and nearly 20,000 people opposing this dangerous and unnecessary pipeline. This Thursday (May 16) is Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s deadline to make a decision on the pipeline.
Laura Shindell, New York Organizer with Food & Water Watch, added:“If Governor Cuomo is being honest about tackling climate change in New York, he simply must stop the Williams fracked gas pipeline. Climate champions don’t build fracked gas infrastructure, period.”
Contact: Lindsay Meiman, [email protected], (347) 460-9082
Lee Ziesche, [email protected], (954) 415-6228
The Stop the Williams Pipeline coalition is organized by 350Brooklyn, 350.org, Food & Water Watch, New York Communities for Change, Rockaway Beach Civic Association, Sane Energy Project, and Surfrider NYC Chapter
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Members of the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition representing a broad and diverse array of New Yorkers, as well as author of False Demand report, available for interview upon request.