Northern Access Pipeline


The DEC Comment Period Continues Until 2/24

Please Continue to Mail in Many Comments!

This is our chance to SAY NO NOrthern Access

Please Find FACT SHEETS HERE to help prepare comments

Here is a link to the DEC Environmental Notice Bulletin for written and oral comments:

Find sample letters from Dennis Higgins here – feel free to use all or parts of these letters in your own comments: Sample Letters

Mail your comments to: Michael Higgins, NYSDEC – Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9179, Fax: (518) 402-9168

In these last hours to comment we are receiving word that emails are bouncing back undelivered – the DEC is ‘looking into it’. In the meantime here is an alternate email address to send comments:

rally-image-jcNational Fuel is proposing to build 97 miles of pipeline to move fracked gas from the drilling fields of PA through our beloved Southern Tier crossing 180 streams, 270 wetlands and 7 ponds along the way. The proposed project includes a strongly opposed  22,214 HP compressor station in Pendleton, a 5,350 HP expansion of the Porterville compressor station, interconnection with Tennessee Gas Pipeline in the Town of Wales and a dehydration station in Wheatfield to prepare the gas for export under the Niagara River and into Canada. The dehydration facility would sit near railroad tracks surrounded by densely populated neighborhoods half a mile from the Niagara River and about a mile from Love Canal that is reported to be leaking again into residents homes.

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Please call Governor Andrew Cuomo (518) 474-8390 (Press 3 at prompt) and tell him to complete the ban on fracking! Tell him to deny the DEC 401 Water Permit for the Northern Access Pipeline Project like he did for the Constitution Pipeline. The call takes less than five minutes. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Tell everyone you know to call. Share this message and ask your family, friends and neighbors to help!

SEND LETTERS!  We have launched a Letter Writing Campaign! Please help out by printing and mailing a new set of letters each week to Gov. Cuomo and NYDEC.

It’s SOOO…EASY – all you need to do is print and sign the letters, address and stamp envelopes then drop in the mail! The letters are ready to print and mail but if you wish to personalize them, which can be even more effective, you can copy and paste into a word document.
Thanks to Holly and Karen for composing the letters! May our voices be heard and the Northern Access 2016 denied!!
Here Are the Letters:

Mail Postcards!  Go Here for front and Here for back of a postcard that can be printed and mailed. Again ask your friends and neighbors to do the same – all they need to do is sign on the back and fill in return address, add postage and MAIL. It can be printed back to back with message or front sided only if people wish to write their own message.

Follow the Financing of the Pipeline:  view the Banking on National Fuel Map created by Rob Galbraith of the Public Accountability Initiative. Be sure to advance through the graphics to see the local banks involved in financing the Northern Access.

National Fuel Fracking for Dollars by Rob Galbraith Published in The Public Jan 4, 2017

Seneca Nation Speaks Out Against Pipeline

This video of a National Fuel pipeline leak in Franklinville, NY is incredible but National Fuel’s response is even worse. They knew about the leak for over a year but did nothing about it because it is in a rural area and they have bigger leaks to fix and getting service to new customers is a higher priority. A company that can’t take care of the leaks it has should not be trusted to build a new 97 mile pipeline. Read the Article in the Olean Times Herald.

Thank you to the responsible hunter who posted this on youtube and got enough attention that National Fuel has reportedly fixed the leak to stop the phone calls – not because they decided to be responsible. (In the video he does incorrectly attribute the Dakota Access to National Fuel – that is Energy Transfer Partners)

Channel 7 WKBW coverage can be seen here:  Gas pipeline repaired after year of leaking

Olean Times Herald: National Fuel Gas says gas leak shown in YouTube video repaired The leak was along a natural gas distribution line through part of Boyce Hill State Forest off Bryant Hill and Phillips roads in the town of Franklinville. “It’s out in the middle of nowhere,” said Merkel (National Fuel’s spokeswoman) of the leaks.

Lia Oprea of WECAP (see Facebook page has been busy getting the word out about the dangers this pipeline would pose to our water supplies.
Making our communities aware is probably the most effective thing we can do.jackson-falls-in-the-town-of-aurora

Important News for Landowners – We have new information for any landowners who have concerns or complaints regarding the way they have been approached by National Fuel to obtain right of way contracts for the pipeline. It is important to know that National Fuel does not yet have the required certification for this project and it will likely be several months before decisions are made. Construction can occur and eminent domain can be used ONLY if and when the required certification has been issued. We have information on how complaints can be sent to the NYS Attorney General’s office. Please email us at if you have such concerns.

Visit these Groups on Facebook that are joining in solidarity to say NO Northern Access!

Pendleton Action Team

Wheatfield Action Team


Niagara Sierra Club Niagara Group

Email with any questions

Attend our upcoming Sierra Club Energy Committee Meeting to learn more:

Monday Dec. 12, 6:00pm UU Church (Upstairs),

695 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo

More Information:

For a map of the pipeline go HERE (if enlarged in your browser it will show more detail including roadways).

 More information on the proposed project can be found National Fuel.

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This proposed Northern Access 2016 is part of a new report titled, A Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine U.S. Climate Goals.  This report documents the climate impacts of the massive proposed overbuild of natural gas pipelines. Reuters has done a story on the report:  New gas pipelines would make U.S. miss climate target .

Highlights of the report include:

  • There are 19 key new proposed natural gas pipelines in the Appalachian basin. All of them are incompatible with the Paris target and existing U.S. climate goals;
  • Stopping this new supply infrastructure is critical to the keep it in the ground movement’s goals of stopping infrastructure that creates carbon lock-in; and
  • All new energy projects must pass a climate test to prove their viability in a climate safe world. These new gas pipelines fail that test.

Check News coverage for our Solidarity Rally & Press Conference Friday 9/30


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