David Moore

David Moore is a co-founder of Sludge

Recent Articles

National Grid Asks Customers to Help it Lobby for a New Fracked Gas Pipeline

The utility company implemented a moratorium on new service in the NYC area after a billion-dollar fracked-gas pipeline project was rejected by New York and New Jersey governments, and is now pressing its customers in a last-ditch lobbying effort.

Sludge produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics. The American Prospect is re-publishing this article. Ahead of a July 13 deadline for public comment, utility company National Grid is attempting to enlist its customers in petitioning the state of New York for approval of the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline, which would help the company transport fracked gas from Pennsylvania to the city. National Grid is a monopoly gas provider for residences in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island, and most of Queens. The company’s blast email asking customers to sign its petition comes after it spent over $200,000 last year—earned in part through natural gas rates to New Yorkers who have no choice but to buy from them—on New York lobbying on the pipeline and other issues. Yesterday afternoon, National Grid’s residential customers received an email from the utility with the subject line, “Natural gas supplies are at risk in...