Obama OKs natural gas pipeline to Brooklyn via the Rockaways

November 28, 2012 Associated Press
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President Barack Obama has signed legislation allowing a pipeline through New York’s Gateway National Recreation Area.

The president approved a measure authorizing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to issue permits to build and maintain the natural gas pipeline, which is aimed at boosting the region’s access to natural gas.

The three-mile line would run from the Atlantic Ocean beneath Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways and under Jamaica Bay to Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field. Some area residents and environmental activists have voiced safety and planning concerns about the project.

In a statement, Bay Ridge Republican Rep. Michael Grimm said the project, which would last a year, could create as much as $265 million in construction activity and 300 construction jobs. He calls it an important economic boost after Hurricane Sandy hit the region.

Environmentalists are wary of the project until full impact studies are completed.

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