CEMA Asks Government for Immediate Halt to Natural Gas Expansion
Today, Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA) president Chris Herb sent a letter to Governor Malloy asking him to halt all natural gas expansion activity in Connecticut. Herb believes that the current natural gas shortage can turn into a crisis situation that can effect the economy and the health and human safety of the state's residents.
"The natural gas expansion plan is a train wreck in the making" ~Chris Herb, President of CEMA.
Herb respectfully asks Malloy to issue an executive order calling for a moratorium on the Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES). The plan calls for building hundreds of miles of new natural gas pipelines around the state and converting 280,000 homes in Connecticut to natural gas. The bottom line is this: if there isn't enough natural gas to go around now, what's going to happen when the system is flooded with more customers than the system can handle?
"CES has put the cart before the horse in beginning gas conversions before the supply issue has been solved," Herb wrote in his letter to the governor. "The construction of 900 miles of intrastate gas lines could jeopardize the state's already fragile economy, and more importantly, the health and human safety of our citizens."
According to EIA, natural gas prices rose nationally by 35% from 2012 to 2013 and have recently spiked by 75% because of the cold weather.
"The natural gas expansion plan is a train wreck in the making. The inability for natural gas supply to keep up with the current demand, let alone future demand when 280,000 new customers are added to the system, is a clear warning sign that should be heeded before a crisis occurs," Herb also stated in his letter to the governor. "It is only prudent that you exercise your constitutional authority to suspend further gas line construction in the state before the gas crisis results in electricity brownouts/blackouts on the one hand, and jeopardizes gas customers with firm service on the other."