Friday, February 5, 2010

Spectra plans 16-mile gas pipeline in New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Homeowners in Jersey City and Bayonne, N.J., will have the opportunity in March to find out more about a proposed pipeline running through their town.
That’s when Spectra Energy Corp., based in Houston, Texas, plans to hold public meetings to inform the public about a 16-mile pipeline extension through Bayonne and Jersey City. The line would allow natural gas to flow from its existing metering and regulating station in Staten Island, N.Y., through Hudson County into Manhattan.
The gas would initially come from Pennsylvania to the tri-state area, and the pipeline would transport up to 800 million cubic feet per day of new natural gas supplies. It could be in service by the end of 2013.
Spectra spokesperson Marylee Henley said the supply will be primarily received by the New York utility Con Edison. She said the reason for the pipeline expansion was one of demand. “In the Northeast, there is a greater need for natural gas,” Henley said.
After a site survey is done, the pipeline project will have to be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), according to Henley.

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