By Post Editorial Board, New York Post, December 6, 2016
The Obama administration’s move to shut down work on the Dakota Access Pipeline has a New York angle: The same hysteria is regularly at work here, too.
The Dakota fight was complicated by supposed wrongs to one Native American tribe, but plenty of the protesters were driven by green ideology: a movement that slams every pipeline as an “environmental threat.”
The lobby’s heft here in New York is such that the Cuomo administration has been declining to approve any new pipelines.
In fact, pipelines are the safest way to move oil and gas. Transport by road or rail is far more likely to bring a spill or explosion, and costs more, too. The anti-pipeline crew doesn’t care, because it wants these fuels to be as expensive as possible.
Yet consider the gains to consumers from just one pipeline, the Trans-Hudson, or Spectra, Pipeline that brings natural gas into Lower Manhattan. It, too, had to overcome green objections — and New Yorkers are lucky it finished before the pipeline-killers really got going.
Spectra brings in gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, which allows cheaper generation of electricity and steam in Manhattan, as well as less expensive fuel going to individual consumers.