Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Concern over Gas Line Is Growing

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Concern over Gas Line Is Growing

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LITTLE FALLS -- A chain of surrounding municipalities has expressed concern about the safety of a high-pressure gas pipeline that runs through the township, and a local advocate is seeking the Township Council's support in doing the same.

The governing body recently heard from community activist Arnold Korotkin, who is seeking to have Little Falls formally join the concern of several municipal councils and the Essex County Freeholder Board over a recent increase in pressure in the Williams Transco Co. Roseland pipeline, which also runs through 16 Essex County municipalities.

The pipe runs underneath Montclair State University and crosses Woods, Clove and Ridge roads, beneath high-tension power lines in Little Falls. Williams Transco Co. recently presented Little Falls with an overview of the pipeline. It said the line is built of "high strength steel ranging in diameter from 6 to 48 inches" and it provided residents a phone number to contact in an emergency -- 201- 933-5490, reaching Williams' 24-hour gas control center.

The company also says in its statement that it will meet with emergency responders to provide them with emergency information about the operation of the pipelines.

But Korotkin requested the council consider a resolution expressing concern about the pipeline in light of a project that has increased the pressure in the line by 13 percent, according to resolutions adopted by various Essex County municipalities.

"I'd like an independent group to be able to assess the gas pipeline's safety," he said. "And I wonder why Little Falls doesn't join with its fellow communities of Bloomfield, Montclair, Roseland and Belleville that have passed resolutions expressing concern."

Montclair, the most recent municipality to adopt a resolution expressing concern about the pipeline, said in its June resolution that the company has just built a compressor station in Roseland, capable of operating at 30,000 horsepower, and the new station will increase the pressure in the pipeline, which passes within 100 feet of homes.

Chris Stockton, spokesman for Transco Williams, said that the pressure has increased in the pipeline, but it is designed to withstand pressure higher than that currently accommodated. …

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