May 24, 2012 by SCNCC
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved construction of the New Jersey-New York Expansion Project this week, a pipeline that will pump natural gas, from Jersey City under the Hudson to the West Village. The pipeline will be the width of a cafe table and carry gas, much of it fracked from the Marcellus Shale, into Manhattan with the force of a fire hose. A similar pipeline blew up in San Bruno, California in 2010, killing eight people and the pipeline operator, Spectra Energy, has a history of safety follies.
Just a week before FERC approved the Spectra Pipeline a study was released that suggested the radon laced gas it would deliver could cause 30,000 additional cases of lung cancer.
FERC received over 5000 comments against the pipeline, 22 in its favor, but skipped the 90 day review period at the behest of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office. Construction could begin this June.
Click here for an article I wrote, published at Examiner.com, just a few days before the pipeline was green-lighted. It goes over the radon/lung cancer connection, Spectra’s history of safety violations, the poor regulation of pipelines in the US (125 inspectors for 2 million miles of piping), and highlights the resistance New York and Jersey residents have mounted against the project.