As we wrote in this week’s paper, Texas-based gas giant Spectra Energy is building a high-gauge, high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline right into the heart of the West Village.
That makes some people nervous, because pipelines like this seem to explode all the time, and when they do it can be sort of calamitous. But Spectra says not to worry, because
“Spectra Energy is extremely vigilant and proactive with its integrity management programs as required by the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)- implementing rigorous safety measures across our entire system.”
Okay. Sounds good. Everybody relax already! Jesus. The people building and running this thing are extremely vigilant and follow all the required safety precautions laid out by the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
Now, in completely unrelated news: Earlier this month the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) fined Spectra subsidiary Texas Eastern Transmission, (one of the companies behind the New Jersey New York Expansion Project) $95,500, citing it for three different failures to adhere to basic safety standards on one of its existing Pennsylvania pipelines.
The “Probable Violations:”
But yeah — back to the pipeline these guys are running into Jersey City and Manhattan right now: don’t worry about it.
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