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New York’s activists rejected natural gas pipeline

The New York Times posted that Environmental regulatory body of the city of New York rejected a natural gas pipeline this Wednesday.

The so-called Williams pipeline, named for the Oklahoma-based companies that would have operated it, would carry natural gas 37 miles from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York. Williams said it was important to meet New York’s growing energy needs, but environmental activists said it would harm the state’s environment and tie the state to additional fossil fuel infrastructure in the face of climate change.

“New Yorkers are winning the fight against the Williams fracked gas pipeline, and we’ll make sure this dangerous and unnecessary pipeline is never built,” Stop the Williams Pipeline, a coalition of anti-pipeline groups, said in a statement.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) received 14,000 comments from 45,000 individuals ahead of its decision, around 90 percent of them opposing the pipeline.

“I think it was the people power that made this happen,” Lee Ziesche, one of six women who had conducted a hunger strike against the project, told Grist.

Activists also encouraged some political stars to join the protest. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went to streets along with 11 members of Congress including Green New Deal leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wrote a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him to oppose the pipeline.