Spectra Gas Pipeline shuts walkway from Hoboken to Jersey City

This past weekend, Spectra Energy had the walkway that connects Hoboken to Newport in Jersey City shut down. It’ll remain closed until 5am tomorrow morning. There is the possibility of future closures as well.

They were staging the massive gas pipe that will go under the Hudson to NYC.

Because of this – they were offering free 24 hour shuttle between the Newport area and the Lackawanna train terminal. Not a bad trade-off considering that’s the only way to take the PATH to NYC since Hurricane Sandy.

However, how comfortable would you be with the “trade off” of living near this ticking time bomb? What if they build all sorts of massive skyscrapers near here too?

They have a “Yes Gas Pipeline” website set up here for you to learn more: www.yesgaspipeline.org.

PS – we’re making plans to find out when this gets “turned on,” and we’ll be far far away just in case of “human error.” Not worth it!

Work on Spectra Gas Pipeline in Hudson River near Hoboken terminal

9/22/2012 Update:

Got a bunch of emails from commuters recently wondering about the curious work that’s going on south of the NJ Light Rail Station at Lackawanna Plaza in Hoboken.

It was funny – most “workers” in the vicinity didn’t know too much about what was going on – but as I pieced the little information I got from each person I asked, I surmised it was the Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline project. Apparently they’re pumping natural gas under the Hudson River. Joy.

(See map of pipeline here)

You can also see what a giant gas explosion looks like after the jump… it’d certainly burn the hair off everyone passing through that terminal if it blew up. Luckily I take the uptown NY Waterway Ferry when I want to go to Manhattan.

Here’s what I saw yesterday. Can you imagine what this structure is exactly? Some kind of monitoring station?

And here’s the last video I shot with the Nokia 808 PureView camera phone before I packed it up and shipped it away.

4th Ward Councilman Occhipinti wants city to intervene

To introduce resolution at 1/19 Council meeting…

1/18/2011 Update:

Recently elected 4th Ward Hoboken Councilman Tim Occhipinti, who first brought this matter to the city’s attention last year – issued a press release this week regarding the massive natural gas pipeline that is proposed for our neck of the woods.

He plans to introduce a resolution calling for the city to file for “intervenor status” at tomorrow’s city council meeting.

Below is a video of what happens when a gas pipeline has problems. Not a pretty sight!

Public Meeting for gas pipeline on Thursday, October 14th

10/12/2010 Update:

In an effort to raise awareness – 4th Ward Council Candidate Tim Occhipinti is holding a public meeting for residents concerned about the proposed natural gas pipeline that may be installed near Hoboken.

See press release here. Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 14th at 7pm. 56 Monroe Street (at the old Hoboken Fish & Pets location at the corner of Observer & Monroe.)

Public Meeting set for August 4th

Proposed gas pipeline would run through Jersey City near Hoboken Border

8/2/2010:

Many Hudson County residents are up in arms over a proposed natural gas pipeline that Texas energy company Spectra Energy wants to run from Pennsylvania, through New Jersey – to service customers in New York City.

Residents are fearful for the potential harmful carcinogenic effects, as well as possibility of catastrophic explosions which has happened in the past in New Jersey, and earlier this year in Connecticut.

A group of concerned residents created a Facebook Page called Jersey City NO Gas Pipeline to try and garner more supporters.

“Jersey City will bear tremendous risks with no reward, all for the benefit of New York City and Spectra.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, August 4th, from 6pm to 10pm at Ferris High School, 35 Colgate Street. We need your presence to stop this pipeline or your written objection for the record by Aug. 4th. This will likely be the only public meeting to make your objections known.

IF you cannot make the meeting WE NEED YOU TO SEND A LETTER!!! We need to show that the community is against this.”

Spectra Energy is also the subject of an HBO Documentary called “Gasland” – which is currently available on HBO On Demand.

Are you for or against the Pipeline?

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