Opponents of gas pipeline launch website
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JERSEY CITY AND BAYONNE — The fight against a proposed natural gas pipeline through Bayonne and Jersey City has been taken to the web.

Two Jersey City residents launched www.nogaspipeline.org late Thursday night. The website, announced by founders Dale Hardman and Stephen Musgrave in a press release quoted in local published reports, includes maps of the proposed pipeline through Bayonne and Jersey City, information on Spectra and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission considering the Texas company’s pipeline application, as well as links to media reports on the project.

The pipline is intended to carry 800 million cubic feet of natural gas per day through Hudson County to New York City customers of Con Edison.

“We must stop Spectra Energy from bringing their pipeline through Jersey City as the risks are too great due to toxins that are released and become airborne and pipeline explosions,” Hartman said in the release.

Spectra did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Spectra officials have said PSE&G could use the line in the future if it goes through Jersey City, according to the report.

The deadline for public comment on the project was Friday.

Various officials have come out in opposition to the project, including Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and some City Council members, Bayonne mayor Mark Smith, state Sen. Sandra Cunningham, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and the Jersey City Board of Education. The school board claims the pipeline will pass too close to city schools.

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