Pipeline Blockade

The Story

New York State is running out of gas. Regulators at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation have repeatedly blocked permits for new natural gas pipelines, and as a result, Con Ed has issued a moratorium on new gas connections in Westchester County. New York’s blockade is also undermining energy supplies in New England, where utilities must regularly use oil for electricity generation. In short, by locking out new gas supplies, New York is locking in oil for both heating and electricity production—increasing carbon-dioxide emissions and driving up costs for consumers.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Fuel: U.S. natural gas production continues to set records; there is no shortage of fuel. Read more.

  2. Costs: New York residents already pay some of the nation’s highest gas and electricity prices, and those prices are likely to keep rising. Read more.

  3. Ban: Western New York sits atop part of the Marcellus Shale, which holds gargantuan quantities of gas—but a ban on fracking, in place since 2015, means that New York must import nearly all its gas from other states. Read more.

“Proponents of renewable energy claim that additional natural gas supplies aren’t needed because New York and New England can switch to sources like wind and solar. This claim is contrary to reason and experience.”

Robert Bryce, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

Featured Report

Most of America is enjoying the benefits of the shale revolution, but not the Northeast. According to a new report by Robert Bryce, obstruction of natural gas pipelines is driving up energy prices for consumers. Further, rather than helping cut greenhouse gas emissions, the gas-pipeline blockade has impeded the shift away from fuel oil for both heating and electricity generation.

The Past is Present

Shale Game By Clark Whelton (January 8, 2012)

“New York State is a lonely holdout against the natural-gas revolution.”

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