Saturday, April 20, 2024

Greenwich Village Celebs, Billionaires: Get Ready for a Sketchy Pipeline


Yesterday, 26 works on an oil pipeline in Mexico were blown to smithereens. Forty six other workers were seriously injured. They were working for a company that is now proposing to run a highly sketchy gas pipeline right under a New York neighborhood filled with celebrities and billionaires. Spectra is the company, and they are trying to get approval for a pipeline that would run from Staten Island up the Jersey coast and across the Hudson River into Gansevoort Street–aka the Meatpacking District, or the West Village. If something goes wrong with the Spectra pipe here, the term “having a blast” in Greenwich Village is going to take on new, deadly meaning. If I were Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg (they’re right over there), Facebook’s Sean Parker, Calvin Klein, Julian Schnabel (with his art studio), Google (just north of there by blocks), or about three dozen movie stars, I’d be interested in stopping this thing before it gets started. and

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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