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New York And National Grid Resolve Dispute Over New Gas Hook-Ups

Steven Senne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and National Grid reached an agreement to end a moratorium on new gas hook-ups on Long Island. Cuomo had threatened to revoke an operating license for the energy utility.

National Grid put the moratorium in place because of what they said was a gas supply shortage

Critics say it was just an excuse to get support for a new natural gas pipeline that would make climate change worse.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says lifting the moratorium is a good sign but the gas pipeline is still necessary as a transition to cleaner energy.

“Well I think it’s an important step forward for the region, but we do need to have that transition fuel.”

The deal to lift the moratorium will fine National Grid $36 million and allow for new gas hook-ups for two years.

In the meantime, the utility will have to create a long-term plan to serve new customers. This could include building the natural gas pipeline.

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