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NJNG 'Retires' 12 Miles of Gas Main on Barrier Island

Main was damaged when gas service was shut down

New Jersey Natural Gas has "retired" 12 miles of gas pipeline on the barrier island between Bay Head and Seaside Park, the company said Monday.

Crews retired the damaged main in Mantoloking, as well as areas of targeted main in Normandy Beach, Chadwick Beach, Lavallette and Ortley Beach.

"Main anomalies must be addressed before gas can be re-introduced into the system," the company said in a statement.

The company said it expects to begin re-pressurizing its system at its regulator station south of the Mantoloking Bridge on Dec. 3.

"Barring unforeseen conditions that may delay our work, we anticipate restoring natural gas service by the end of December to all of our customers whose homes have not sustained such major damage that we cannot safely restore their service," the company said.

The news from NJNG is in contrast to unsubstantiated rumors that flew during Hurricane Sandy's aftermath that indicated it would take between six and eight months to repair the gas network.

The network sustained damage when pressure to the system was shut off. Officials had determined the shutdown was necessary to prevent gas fires from consuming neighborhoods.

JOHNNY Done it November 21, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Sorry to hear that ,The gas company bears some blame for not taking proper action & inviting a dangerous environment
Missing Brick November 21, 2012 at 05:31 AM
I will bet that JCP&L has acted outside mandated guidelines under the guise of "emergency" actions. Let them seek the emergency funds from the Governor instead of picking the pockets of those who just lots their homes. Our petition may mean nothing, but it still brings attention to the way they are handling the situation...and btw, we received our first media contact about this petition today. I expect if it gets on the news there will be more than 28 signatures very quickly and it will no longer be ignored. That's how democracy works. BTW, I got a bill from NJ NG for ZERO for the period my gas was off. Think of how much better JCP&L could have handled this and try not to get mad. They screwed up in every possible way.
Martin November 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM
King Neptune needs to get a life.
New Jersey Natural Gas November 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
We understand your frustration. Please know that NJNG redeployed all of our resources to ensure the safety of our customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In fact, all of our meter reading staff was assigned to the hurricane assessment and restoration effort from November 3 through November 16, which unfortunately did result in calculated bills for our customers. On November 19, the Morris and Monmouth County meter readers resumed regular meter reading. Some of our Ocean County meter readers continue to assist in storm-related activities. However, customers can always submit their actual meter reads on our website or by calling for more accurate billing. Keep in mind that last year’s winter temperatures were far above normal, resulting in many budget plan customers receiving a credit. However, the calculation of the budget plan amount for the upcoming heating season is based on “normal” seasonal temperatures to better reflect customer usage. At the end of the budget cycle, variances are reconciled by comparing the amount billed to the total customer budget plan payments. We hope this clarifies things a bit and we apologize for any inconvenience.
Becki Hager November 22, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Our meter in Baywood was turned off by NJNG after the storm, and was just turned back on Tuesday Nov 20th. I'm looking at a bill we received yesterday with zero charges for 10/15 - 11/14. We are not on an estimated plan, but I know we used the gas a little bit during that month. Maybe NJNG didn't charge any customers whose meters were turned off after the storm??? I'm sure we'll get an adjusted bill next month, but given all the confusion with all of our utilities, this was a pleasant surprise. Sorry King Neptune : ) but the bill we got from JCPL for the same timeframe, after having had no electricity for 3 weeks, was $22 higher than the previous month. Now THERE's some smoke-n-mirror accounting! Looking fwd to the refund.

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