Gas Plan Taking Effect

Sections will be closed as New Jersey Natural Gas continues work on system

A schedule of temporary barrier island closures has been announced by the township as New Jersey Natural Gas plans inspections that will allow gas service to be re-activated in the area battered by Hurricane Sandy.

The schedule outlines when certain sections of the barrier island will be accessible as work is completed. NJNG inspections originally were expected to be completed by Dec. 18; the new schedule shows that work should be completed by Dec. 14, allowing access to all residents on the weekend of Dec. 15.

The complete and detailed schedule is available on the township's website. According to the posting, the North Beaches will close from Dec. 8 to 13, Lavallette will close from Dec. 11 to 13 and Ortley will close from Dec. 10 to 13.

It is noted that the schedule is subject to change should NJNG require more time to inspect their system. 

Crews are prepared to re-activate gas service on the island but must follow a protocol to charge the lines before any sources of ignition — vehicles included —can enter the area, according to the township.

Once gas lines in the area are re-activated, another team will begin installing meters. When meters are installed and electricity has been restored, a qualified technician who has determined the gas equipment is safe may restore service to the property, according to NJNG.

Natural gas service is expected to be restored 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," a spokesperson for the utility said.

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

Customers who smell gas are advised to leave the building, refrain from using matches, cell phones or electrical switches and are asked to call 1-800-GAS-LEAK.

shorefriend December 05, 2012 at 07:56 PM
This sounds like a fair plan
John December 05, 2012 at 08:38 PM
That sounds like a plan. Now is there any reason why Ortley residents couldn't come in this weekend to work on their homes?
letsgetreal December 05, 2012 at 09:10 PM
It says that Ortley is open all weekend I think
letsgetreal December 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Wishing for a quick recovery to those full time residents that lost so much..good luck!!
John December 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Its open the following weekend from what I understand. "The new schedule shows that work should be completed by Dec. 14, allowing access to all residents on the weekend of Dec. 15."
John December 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
And a quick recovery to the full time tax paying owners too!!! Who without their time, money, and hopefully flood insurance, couldn't get the full time renters back in. And I'm not knocking the renters. I am a home owner a renter and a landlord.
Ajv December 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
We r partying in ortley oh yeah! Beers r flowing nice in the dark
Debbie Bury December 07, 2012 at 12:08 AM
How are you in ortley after 4 PM
Jay Gee December 07, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Jay Gee December 07, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Jay Gee December 07, 2012 at 03:56 AM
PJ Ortley December 07, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Ortley is open this weekend - check the Toms River website. Then closed until the 14th.
TR FAILED December 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
History will show that Toms River's Politicians created more property damage than Sandy did. The Best thing to happen to Toms River's Section of Pelican Island was when Toms River to abandoned us and allowed us to follow the same entry rules as Berkley.


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