Crews were out in Bayonne, N.J., yesterday doing preliminary work for Spectra Energy’s 20-mile natural gas pipeline. Carrying gas produced from hydraulic fracturing, the pipeline will wind through parts of Bayonne, Jersey City and off-shore Hoboken on its way to Manhattan. Critics on both sides of the Hudson River say this route is too close to highly populated areas.
“It’s running through very important areas — schools parks, hospitals,” said Jerramiah Healy, Jersey City Mayor. “For reasons of public safety and also for reasons for the future economic viability of our city, we’re going to continue our opposition.”
To highlight safety concerns, the mayor’s office released a video several months ago showing the deadly results of natural gas explosions that have occurred in recent years. Other opponents continue to fight the $1 billion project, despite the fact that it has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
“We think that this pipeline is very dangerous in terms of safety,” said Dale Hardman, No Gas Pipeline president. “All you have to do is look at the San Bruno disaster outside of San Francisco.”
Spectra Energy Spokesperson Marylee Hanley initially agreed to do an interview with NJ Today, but later declined, asking to wait a few weeks until the project had progressed further. She released a statement saying “The project followed a diligent, multi-year review by FERC, as well as state officials in both New York and New Jersey.” She added that “Spectra Energy will maintain a rigorous oversight program to ensure that the pipeline is one of the safest.”
“That’s all good. It’s better than their original plan but it still doesn’t remove the basic big-time problem, and that is public safety,” said Healy.
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