13 Sep '11, 6pm

Environmental Impact Deemed "Limited" For Potentially Explosive Shale Gas Pipeline Into Lower Manhattan

Environmental Impact Deemed "Limited" For Potentially Explosive Shale Gas Pipeline Into Lower Manhattan

exactly one year after the massive natural gas pipeline blast that killed eight and leveled a San Bruno, California neighborhood , the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC ) brought the controversial New Jersey-New York gas line one step closer to construction. The pipeline, as proposed by Spectra Energy, would carry shale gas through a number of New Jersey towns, under the Hudson River, and into the Meatpacking District of Lower Manhattan. On Friday, FERC released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS ) that gave preliminary approval for construction of the pipeline and all of the related aboveground facilities. The EIS runs over 800 pages long, so I wasn’t able to give it a thorough read (you can find links to all the sections here ), but the Executive Summary gave every indication that the line would be approved. FERC found “that construction and operation o...

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