CARP members collecting petitions at Riis Park.

We reported on Monday about the United States Senate giving the green light to H.R. 2606, clearing one of the last major hurdles to the installation of a natural gas pipeline underneath Jamaica Bay, complete with a metering station within the historic hangars at Floyd Bennett Field.

The plan’s opponents, the Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline, issued the following statement blasting the Senate’s decision and stating plans to take their case all the way up to President Barack Obama.

They write:

The Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline (CARP) is outraged that both houses of Congress have now quietly approved legislation to permit a natural-gas pipeline and a metering-and-regulation facility to be built in Gateway National Recreation Area in Brooklyn and Queens. H.R. 2606, which alters a 1972 law that has long protected the federal park from any uses other than recreation or conservation, was passed by the U.S. Senate on Sept. 21st without adequate public review. The alienation of a piece of Gateway, historic hangars in Floyd Bennett Field for industrial use, has never been properly addressed by legislators or the National Park Service and the public has been consistently left out of the democratic and decision-making process.

In less than two months, CARP has collected 5000 signatures against this legislation, the greatest bulk from beach goers, families and park users, who were both unaware of and unsupportive of this use the park. 9 million people use Gateway National Recreation Area, one of America’s most used and oldest urban national parks in the densest urban environment in the country.

CARP will continue to fight this misuse of Floyd Bennett Field, which features historic aircraft hangars, heavily used recreation facilities, hiking trails, camping and one of New York State’s oldest and largest community gardens and the Jamaica Bay Unit, home to popular beach and waterfront areas and the only wildlife refuge accessable by subway and bus. We will appeal to President Obama, whose Great Outdoors initiative promotes connecting Americans with the outdoors and partnering with local stakeholders to best gauge the needs of the community. We will ask Obama to veto this bill because it does not represent a government that is transparant, collaborative and participatory.

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  • Arthur Borko

    IMO, The opponents of the pipeline need to shift gears. It’s time to compromise. The senate approved it, there is enough clout to ensure this pipeline happens. So what next?

    Well, they should work on ensuring that money is set aside to ensure that no damage is done to the park and wildlife habitat. If damage IS done the money should be there to clean it up. It’s certainly possible to build/install this pipe without doing longterm harm to wildlife. There are examples of this all over the world.

    Furthermore, the locals should get first crack at reduced gas rates when the pipeline is done because it’s their environment that is getting disrupted. 

    • Whwsailboat

      LOL… the pipline is there to sell more gas, not to reduce prices. The NPS should charge the gas company no less than what a private land owner or developer would charge to use that land. Why is it being given away?

  • bagels

    Bites published this a few months ago. Fire and safety are bigger issues to think about.

    http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/07/jamaica-bay-pipeline-analyzing-the-concerns-and-transco-williams-response/

    This is a crazy question to ask but my daughter read through this and she wanted to know if there will a smell of natural gas in the air. There’s always that minimally exceptable level of leakage….

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