Report: National Grid Says Controversial Pipeline Needed To Heat New Islanders Arena

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- There could be a speed bump in the road to build a new home for the New York Islanders hockey team on Long Island.

The Islanders plan to move into a new state-of-the-art arena at Belmont Park in 2021. The new venue would be heated and cooled with natural gas, and the supplier, National Grid, is pushing a controversial source -- the Williams Pipeline, according to Politico New York.

Amid growing complaints from environmentalists, who are against new natural gas infrastructure, National Grid is warning that unless the controversial pipeline is approved, the team's proposed new home will need some alternative for heat. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the arena, but he's also pushing renewable energy and that 37-mile pipeline could be an obstacle.

"With Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo's energy goals to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 putting natural gas on a project will then need to be changed later on," said Zack Fink of ZBF Geothermal.

Project backers say alternatives could be found.