Until environmental-impact studies are done, though — especially on the pipeline’s effect on the ocean side of the Rockaway peninsula, where the plan calls for more invasive digging than on the bay side — many environmentalists are withholding support. Supporters say that the construction would generate 300 jobs and that the finished station would bring the city $8 million annually in property
The $265 million project, which would take about a year to complete, consists of three pieces: a three-mile connector, built by the Williams Companies, between the existing Transco pipeline in the Atlantic Ocean and the Rockaways; a one-and-a-half-mile line starting in the Rockaways and passing under Jamaica Bay and Gateway National Recreation Area land to Floyd Bennett Field, the decommissioned airport that is part of Gateway; and a metering station built in an unused hangar at Floyd Bennett Field.
The pipeline would be laid using a relatively noninvasive method involving a horizontal directional drill, which drills a small hole, bores underground and then gradually widens the hole. This would avoid digging up Rockaway
Two community boards, No. 14 in Queens and No. 18 in Brooklyn, have also raised objections to the project. For the Brooklyn board, the deal breaker was the proposal to build the meter and regulator station at Floyd Bennett Field. (NYT, 9/4/2012)