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Comments of Jody Maier re New Jersey - New York Expansion Project under CP11-56.
20111103-0032 FERC PDF (Unofficial) 11/03/2011rII Ms. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission r-~ \/I ln 888 Fimt Street, NE. Room 1A n ro. Washington. DC 20426 o ~ I! IRE: Opposition to the Texas Eastern/Algonquin Gas Transmission Pipe)one~ ~~r- New Jersey-New York Expansion Project, LLC Docket No. CP11-~00 )vF1(k+%00 ('c Q IfoalDear Ms. Bose: O I am writing to urge you to deny the necessity of convenience of Spectra Energy and associated companies in the NJ NY Expansion Project and the construction of the proposed Spectra pipeline on the basis of the following reasons:1. Thepipeline is a direct threat to the public health, safety, property values and economy of eastern New Jersey and New York City, especially to the residents, businesses, galleries, schools, religious and cultural institutions of downtown Manhattan, Staten Island, and Jersey City.Should the pipeline or vault explode on the Manhattan side of the Hudson, the potential fire radius would encompass three historic districts, including: 10 irreplaceable Landmarked buildings; 10 schools or daycare centers; 8 playgrounds, including a large playground on the pier directly adjacent to the Sanitation Pier (the entry point of the pipeline); 13 churches or religious institutions; more than 28 art and cultural centers (including the Ground Zero Museum Workshop); the Hudson River Greenway, shoreline and West Side Highway; more than 38 restaurants; countless boutiques, hotels, businesses and residences. The proposed 17' x 26' vault is sited on the same block as the soon-to-be-built Whitney Downtown, as well as the massively popular High Line, which attracts 2 million annual visitom and has been credited with bringing $2 billion in private investment, 12,000 new jobs, and nearly 29 major new developments to New York's economy. The pipeline's metering and reading stations will emit airborne carcinogens, which will waft over downtown Manhattan, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. LUGs (Lost Unaccounted Gas) are estimated at an average of 3 to 5% with as much as 12 to 20% to be lost on the western side of the Hudson River. In addition, according to Professor James W. Ring, Professor of Physics Emeritus at Hamilton College, radon released at drill sites in the Marcellus has the potential to be carried with the gas to point of use at stoves and boilers in residences, putting citizens throughout the five boroughs and elsewhere at increased risk of lung cancer.2. The pipeline Is a larger threat to the public health, safety, property values and economy of all regions of the Marcellus shale, including upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and other areas, due to the Inevitability that it will increase the demand for hydrofracturlng.The proposed pipeline will not bring "clean" energy to New York City or other regions. As stated in the pipeline application, this pipeline would bring fracked Marcellus shale gas to market. This would encourage further production in gas fields upwind and u