News

Actions

Queens residents fighting construction of Rockaway Pipeline

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jun 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-19 22:50:00-04

QUEENS (PIX11) — Every night, a group of Rockaway residents watches with fear and worry as work is underway out at sea for the little publicized Rockaway Lateral Project Pipeline.

“It’s doesn’t matter if it’s on federal property,” Sandra Schunk told PIX11. ” It’s still our beach, our lives.”

Residents say the pipeline has gotten little attention because it’s mostly on federal property, the Gateway National Recreational Area.

It will eventually bring 647,000 dekartherms per day of fracked natural gas from the Marcellus Shale under high-pressure, beneath the beach, under a golf course, under the Marine Parkway bridge, through Floyd Bennett Field and eventually to distribution lines of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

Community board member John Gaska told PIX11, “The board approved the pipeline. We have concerns about safety but it’s a positive for the community. Gas will be cheaper.”

But Rockaway residents are still fighting mad.

“Government sometimes makes mistakes that need to be corrected,” Paul Moore, a Rockaway resident said.