Cuomo threatens to prevent National Grid from operating in NYC area

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to revoke a utility’s certificate to offer natural gas service in downstate New York.

Cuomo sent a letter to National Grid on Tuesday giving the company 14 days to respond.

State utility regulators this fall took aim at National Grid for denying natural gas service to more than 1,100 customers in Queens and Brooklyn since May. The company blamed New York’s rejection of an application for a $1 billion pipeline to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields.

Cuomo says such a pipeline wouldn’t be in service until at least next year. National Grid has since reversed course and begun connecting customers.

Cuomo claims National Grid took advantage of the public.

A National Grid spokeswoman says the company’s reviewing Cuomo’s letter.

Associated Press