Middlesex County residents oppose gas pipeline extension

Middlesex County residents are oppose to a gas pipeline extension Middlesex County residents are oppose to a gas pipeline extension
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP -

Some residents in Middlesex County say that they are opposed to a gas pipeline extension that may be built in their communities.

Signs have popped up along Route 27 in Franklin Township opposing a compressor plant for the pipeline, which would be located in the woods right off the highway.

“It will be going near schools. It will be going near communities,” says Franklin Township resident Kristin Errickson.

Errickson says that she is opposed to the plan and wants it stopped.

“I have a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old who I’m very concerned about,” she says. “We go in that area. We visit the parks.”

The Williams Company wants to add more than 20 miles to an existing pipeline, which would pass through several Middlesex County communities and through the Raritan Bay, in order to deliver gas to New York.

“Twenty-six miles of new extension through the Raritan Bay. It could damage endangered marine life. It could damage the tourism communities around there like Keyport and South Amboy,” says Food and Water Watch’s Junior Romero.

The Williams Company already operates about 500 miles of underground gas pipeline in New Jersey. The company said in a statement that the compressor facility was scaled down to ease concerns.

“The bottom line is that neighbors will be hard-pressed to hear or see this facility,” a spokesperson for the company said.

But those opposed to the pipeline say that they remain skeptical and are pressing federal regulators to shut down the proposal.

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