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Cuomo Calls For Probe Into National Grid’s Gas Service Moratorium

Steven Senne
Joe Cabral, a sub-contractor for National Grid, uses a wrench to turn off the main natural gas line to a home in Newport, R.I., in January.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered a broader investigation into National Grid’s decision to halt new gas service hookups in New York City and on Long Island.

National Grid says New York needs to approve a new pipeline to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania into the area.

Until the pipeline is approved, National Grid says it will not be able to support more customers.

But environmental groups say the gas supply shortage was created to pressure the state into approving the pipeline. They say it will contribute to climate change and harm marine life.

Governor Cuomo says if the energy provider’s gas shortage claims are false, it should be fined and potentially lose its franchise.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.
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