Department Of Public Service Expanding Investigation Of National Grid


GOOD EVENING. A RAY OF HOPE FOR DOZENS OF LONG ISLAND BUSINESSES. NATIONAL GRID TOLD THEM IT COULDN’T HOOK UP THEIR GAS LINES BECAUSE OF A NATURAL GAS STOP SO WE DEMANDED ANSWERS. THE STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE IS NOW EXPANDING ITS INVESTIGATION OF NATIONAL GRID. Reporter: THE WINE BAR AND KITCHEN HAS ONLY BEEN OPEN FOR THREE WEEKS BUT IT’S FATE IS ALREADY UNCERTAIN. THE VICTIM OF A NATIONAL GRID SERVICE CUT BACK THE OWNER SAWED HE WASN’T WARNED OBJECT. WE JUST OPENED AND WE CAN’T AFFORD TO BE CLOSED. MY FEAR WOULD BE LOSING MONEY OR POSSIBLY CLOSING. Reporter: AND HE ISN’T THE ONLY ONE. 40 BUSINESS DISTRICT ARE IMPACTED BY A STOP ON NEW GAS HOOK UPS. CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW 100 SEAT RESTAURANT AND NOW HOUSES ARE ON HOLD. YOU ARE TALKING TEN TO $12 MILLION ARE BEING HELD UP IN CONSTRUCTION BECAUSE OF THIS. IT’S RIDICULOUS THAT IN THIS TIME IN OUR COUNTRY WE CAN’T GET NATURAL GAS. Reporter: WE DEMANDED ANSWERS, TOOK THEIR COMPLAINTS TO THE GOVERNOR AND STATE OFFICIALS AND GOT ACTION. NATIONAL GRID WAS DECLARED A STOP ON GAS HOOK UPS BECAUSE APPLICATION FOR A NEW GAS PIPELINE HASN’T BEEN APPROVED IS NOW UNDER THE MICROSCOPE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE USING THE COMPLAINTS TO EXPAND AN INVESTIGATION OF THE UTILITY. THE PUBLIC SERVICE WILL HOLD NATIONAL GRID RESPONSIBLE FOR MEETING ITS OBLIGATIONS TO CONSUMERS AND MAKE SURE THAT PROMISES MADE ARE PROMISED KEPT. Reporter: THE AGENCY CHARGED WITH REGULATING STATE UTILITY ALSO DETERMINE. IF NATIONAL GRID CAN SAFELY ACCOMMODATE PROJECTS THAT HAD EXPECTED TO COME ONLINE BEFORE THE END OF IN YEAR AND WHETHER NATIONAL GRID HAD APPROVED THESE HOOK UPS. Reporter: WITH THE STATE TRYING TO REDUCE IT’S CARBON FOOT PRINT SOME CLAIM THAT IT MAY FORCE PEOPLE TO GO BACK TO USING OIL OR PROPANE WHICH ARE BIGGER ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS. OTHER ITS WONDER IF IT’S A PRESSURE TACTIC TO GET APPROVAL OF THE PIPELINE. NATIONAL GRID SAID THAT IT’S NOT SAYING IN THE STATEMENT WE PROVIDED SYSTEM MODELS, ENGINEERING ANALYSIS, GROWTH AND DEMAND FORECASTS, SUPPLY DATA AND OTHER INFORMATION THAT DEMONSTRATES THE EXTENT OF OUR CONSTRAINTS AND OUR INABILITY TO SERVE NEW CUSTOMERS.

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