Clean Ocean Action


Environmental orgs celebrate the end of the Northeast Supply Enhancement "NESE" methane gas project

On Monday, May 6, 2024, Clean Ocean Action celebrated the defeat of the Northeast Supply Enhancement (“NESE”) methane gas project with environmental advocates and community organizations at a press conference in Keyport, NJ.  

At long last, this un-NESE-sary, dirty fossil fuel project finally gave up the ghost and gasped its last gassy breath. Together, we celebrate the many organizations and individuals that worked so hard over many years to stop NESE. COA came to this project in 2019 to represent the marine environment and are thrilled and proud that the voices of Monmouth County, 100% of Bayshore municipalities, groups and communities acted quickly in unified opposition. This opposition greatly contributed to the efforts to oppose this massive fossil fuel project. The staff of COA are honored to have coordinated with such an effective coalition of groups.  

The NESE project included piping fracked gas from Pennsylvania into New Jersey, construction of a massive compressor station, and 23.4 miles of new pipeline in Raritan Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Today, there is one less fossil fuel facility impacting the land, sea, and air! 

Read the Press Release here with statements from groups celebrating the victory. 

“NESE” IS BACK…a 6th TIME! Help Stop it AGAIN!

Company Seeks Time to Build Dirty Gas Project in NJ & NY

Williams Transco seeks a 2-year permit extension to build the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE), a massive methane gas compressor station and 23.4-mile methane gas pipeline. COA led the NJ campaign along the shore in 2018-2022, which resulted in denials in New Jersey and New York. This fossil fuel project threatens land and sea – NY & NJ communities, Raritan Bay, Lower New York Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean from Sayreville, NJ, to Rockaway, NY.

NESE already received a 2-year extension from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which expired in early May 2023, and is now seeking more time. Comments on this new extension request are due by 5pm Eastern Time on May 19, 2023.

Click here for the official notice.

Tell FERC to deny the extension by following these steps to provide comments:

  • Click “eFile” link under “Quick Links” at

  • Login or Create an Account

    • After verifying your account, go to “Edit Registration” on the left side toolbar to complete all necessary information to continue to next steps.

    • When complete, select “eFiling” on the left side toolbar.

  • Click “Supplemental Information/Request in middle column of choices

  • In Filing Type, click “gas” in left column of choices under “How is your filing to be directed?”

  • Click “Next.”

  • In “Select docket,” type: CP17-101-005 in the search bar next to “Enter Docket Number”

  • Click Search

  • In the right column of the table, click the “+” sign to add Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co” to selected dockets

  • Click “Next.”

  • Select your comments file to upload, enter a description, and follow prompts to submit comments.

*Note: For this specific process, you will need to write your comments in a separate file. PDF and Word Documents are two examples of acceptable file formats.





Williams Transco’s Un-‘NESE’-sary Project Can Return to  Threaten Land and Sea  

On May 20, 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Williams Transco a permit, giving the company another two years to build a massive methane gas compressor station and 23.4-mile methane gas pipeline called the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE) through New Jersey communities, Raritan Bay, Lower New York Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean from Sayreville, New Jersey to Rockaway, New York. The project has been denied permits from both New York and New Jersey multiple times.

Citizens and advocacy groups rallied once again this past spring to stop FERC from granting the company the extension by working to generate comments to FERC and tweets to FERC Commissioner Rich Glick opposing the extension of time citing the lack of need, environmental and community impacts, and the fact that both states, many New Jersey municipalities and thousands of citizens oppose the project. 

FERC Commissioner Rich Glick tweeted, “Today’s #Transco Order does not change the state of play. If NY&NJ do not change their minds & grant the project section 401 water quality certificates, @FERC cannot permit the enhancement project to proceed.”

“Shame on FERC! This is double-speak!  NY and NJ already repeatedly said ‘NO,’ and rather than deferring to these states’ previous decisions and deny Williams Transco their pathetic request for an extension, FERC is again dumping the NESE project onto the backs of state and local leaders who have repeatedly denied permit after permit for years.  This will cause fear and worry for millions of people in the region and cost taxpayer dollars,” said Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action. “Should Williams ignore the will of the people and apply again, we are ready to rally-up for the fight.”

Read FERC's Extension Request to Williams Transco

Read Clean Ocean Action’s Comments Objecting Transco Request for Extension

Read Group Press Release Opposing FERC Extension Request


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