FRANKLIN (Somerset) - The state Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on the controversial 26.8-mile Northeast Supply Enhancement of the Transco pipeline and its proposed compressor station 6 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Franklin High School Auditorium, 500 Elizabeth Ave., in the Somerset section.

The highly-protested extension of Tulsa-based Williams natural gas supplier’s pipeline would run through Old Bridge, Sayreville and the Raritan Bay. A 32,000-horsepower compression station is proposed at Trap Rock Quarry in Franklin.

The DEP has rejected plans for the project that Williams has had to resubmit. The Nov. 5 meeting will be about freshwater wetland and transition area impacts associated with the construction of an access road and connector pipes related to the compressor, as well as 3.59 miles of a proposed 26-inch-diameter pipeline in Sayreville and Old Bridge. Environmentalists and residents continue to express concerns about the plan.


Ed Potosnak, a Franklin resident and executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, added, “They propose to build the compressor in Franklin with fracked gas-powered jet-like turbine engines on an active rock quarry with dynamite blasting. It’s a site with no city water for firefighting. And then they want to drill across Raritan Bay and kick up toxins from the Superfund Sites along their way.”

Both Tittel and Potosnak urged attendance of the Nov. 5 hearing.  

“It’s important to make it clear that the only option for the Murphy administration is to deny this water permit,” Potosnak added.

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