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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.

Rachel Tomasi November 20, 2012 at 02:10 PM
((((Lauren))))) that's a cyber hug. Words pale in comparison to the horrors many of you have suffered. I hope you have a decent place to stay while you rebuild your home. I know many things like photo memories etc can't be replaced but TG your family is ok. I would ask friends n family for copies of pics, get copies of yearbooks etc. I already have another family staying here at the moment without a real guest room but short of a place to sleep is there anything I can do? I don't check back in the articles but my email is mamabear2my4cubs@aol.com if you need anything any of us could help with. Other than that I wish you nothing but recovery and happiness from now going forward for your entire family and neighborhood for that matter.
Denidemo November 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Just a brief note on NJNG....I got my gas bill on Friday, and was suprised to see that my "budgeted bill" of 60.00 per month rose to 90.00 - two weeks of that period when all power to my home was off and I was elsewhere. When I called to ask about the rise I was told they estimated the bill because the storm kept them from reading meters. (Hello, I live in the storm ravaged area - no surprise here). In addition, they are raising the budgets in anticipation of a very difficult winter. 50%???
i don't get it?? November 20, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Difficult Winter??? They make plenty of $$$$!! It's not going to be difficult on them, its going to he difficult on us...especially if they are DOUBLING budgets for crying out loud...THAT'S WHY PPL HAVE BUDGET PLANS!!! ...just a side note, JCP&L sent out estimated bills too, they included the time in which most of us had no power for at least a week, pretty sure their meter readers aren't doing any line work, so maybe after something like that, they should put forth a greater effort to ACTUALLY READ the meters...just sayin...
Random Poster November 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM
the estimated bills from both the gas and power companies is much more than a "due to the storm we can read meters". think about it for a second, their infrastructure just to a big hit and is going to cost them a bunch of money to repair. by sending out higher than normal estimated bills, this give them "quick cash in there checking account" allowing for easy money transfer for parts and labo needed to restore the infrastructure. one a total dollar amount is determined, that amount will be submitted to the fed/state/insurance for assistance trying to recoup what they dished out. in the end no one will ever be happy, first it was crying because the power whet out for more than 10 min and no one has done anything, too its been 10 days whats the hold up, too those bastards are crooks for sending a higher than normal estimated bill. without that estimated bill, the time frame to restore services would actually take much longer. once their insurance kicks in and they recoup the money, you account will be adjust to only pay for what you used, so next months bill might wind up being even lower than it normally is.
CM November 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
It makes you wonder how the sewer lines are doing.
Missing Brick November 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
If you lost power, sign this petition for JCP&L reparations : http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/jcpl_sandyreparations/signatures Right now JCP&L basically is giving NO concession for the entire storm. Nice to be a monopoly. (NJNG has put forth a different attitude, but we'll see what happens when it comes to the dollars. This is why the petition is about JCP&L.)
Martin November 20, 2012 at 05:23 PM
For all of TR: Town hall has sheets with procedures for homeowners to get power reconnected. Since the twp. and JCP&L have literally "kept us in the dark" for weeks, why not publish the procedures so people know what to do? Why doesn't the twp. put the info on its website or (for those without power) mention their availability on reverse-911 calls? There's a steady flow of homeowners and contractors in line for electrical and other permits in town hall. A JCP&L employee removed my home's meter last week -- so now this is day #23 without electricity for me. By the way, just before I evacuated, a Silverton fireman drove around telling resident that there wouldn't be mandatory evacuations. He seemed to minimize the imminent storm. I left anyway. Bottom line: We need and deserve better communication from officials.
ortley15 November 20, 2012 at 05:55 PM
i am in ortley, do we need to cancel JCP&L until the power is restored in our area, to our houses? someone wrote that they will not restore power to houses until an electrician certifies the boxes. thanks,
Random Poster November 20, 2012 at 07:02 PM
@MIssing Brick- quote: If you lost power, sign this petition for JCP&L reparations : http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/jcpl_sandyreparations/signatures Right now JCP&L basically is giving NO concession for the entire storm. Nice to be a monopoly. (NJNG has put forth a different attitude, but we'll see what happens when it comes to the dollars. This is why the petition is about JCP&L.) you should do your research into how utilities operate and provide services to you before you go petitioning and sueing. i know there was the no power for more than 10 min and that got people upset, but man/woman up and "adapt" to the situation at hand rather than complain. i know they sent out higher than normal "estimated" bills during the same period, and that made people even more madder, but do you know why they did that? people paying there high estimated bills puts " quick cash in there checking account" so to speak. that in turn gives them a chance to pay for parts needed and all the labor needed to rebuild their infrastructure. if they did not go that route,many peoples power still would be out because they would not be able to pay suppliers for parts/labor.. learn how utilities operate first, than man-up and "adapt to the situation" kind of like the human kind has done since how ever they were created. i myself had no power for 14 days in bavyille, but instead of bitch and complain, i adapted and adjusted my lifestyle for a few days, and i got through it o SHUT UP AND MAN UP!
Random Poster November 20, 2012 at 07:08 PM
once they get a $$ figure to submit to their insurance for the total cost to repair the infrastructure, and the next months billing cycle is an actually read that will give you a "lower" monthly bill in the next month or two. utilities have a lot of guidelines they have to adhere by, issued from the state. as long as they were with in them your petition means nothing. but giving the amount of outages, people should learn to drop the "i need it now/ me me me" attitude, and adopt the "these guys are busting their ass as best they can for me" attitude....
Random Poster November 20, 2012 at 07:18 PM
P.S. you are smart enough that know that you get billed on power that flows through you meter? right? if no power is flowing through your meter (due to power outage) than your not paying for anything, so why should they "refund" you on something you didn't pay for, let alone use?
i don't get it?? November 20, 2012 at 07:41 PM
@Random Poster...kinda sounds like you either have worked or do work for a utility company...THERE'S PLENTY OF $$ IN THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS, and they always say your bill will be adjusted, but we all know that won't happen this time...they are monopolies, so we are ALL paying THEM...no matter what the situation may be...plain and simple...the CEO of Long Islands power company stepped down, couldn't handle the hot seat...good luck to everyone with these crooks, and by the way, my family and I did man/woman up...10 days worth, and we were some of the fortunate ones...what about the people who still are not in their homes, or have lost them, should they keep manning/womaning up to cushion the pockets of these jerks???
Face November 20, 2012 at 07:52 PM
@Rachel..... The world needs more people like yourself. It would b alot better place for our kids. I have 2 famlies with me. I was lucky enough to make it through Sandy okay, and i had converted my basement into a three bedroom apartment last year, Luckily it was still unoccupied. So im letting 2 families stay in it untill they can get back on their feet. These folks lost everything but their lives, and they are grateful for that. To all the people that extended a helping hand to their neighbors in a time of need. Thank You.
KingNeptune November 20, 2012 at 08:59 PM
@Martin, this story is about Natural Gas Service, not power.
KingNeptune November 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM
What does this have to do with natural gas service or anything about the article.
KingNeptune November 20, 2012 at 09:01 PM
This has nothing to do with the story.
KingNeptune November 20, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Off topic
FaFa FloFa November 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Is it only me or is King Neptune the biggest tool on TRP? Clever name. Btw, I hope someone takes those gas lines and shoves them up your pipe hole. Yes I'm on topic.
KingNeptune November 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Comments are for comments on the story, not for off topic rants.
Project Bluebeam November 21, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Oh Hell. We've got another one who thinks he's the hall monitor.
J.JONES November 21, 2012 at 12:41 AM
L.m.a.o....Fafa....
Lauren November 21, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Rachael, thank you so much. I should clarify that it was my summer home. I was lucky that it was not my main residence. I feel for everyone who lost their homes in this storm. I wish them luck. You certainly an angel on earth for helping these people.
John V November 21, 2012 at 03:47 AM
@ Martin I wouldn't expect anything less from the firemen in this town. they are a joke.
Missing Brick November 21, 2012 at 05:14 AM
I rented a gas powered fireman's pump to pump the water out of my livingroom. I adapted fine. What I have forgotten about how the world works will be more than you'll ever know. Sorry that I do not agree that I should be forwarding money to JCP&L for their repairs. Let them talk to FEMA. I have enough of my own repairs and expenses to worry about. Some, like buying an expensive generator to fight off mold growth in my home, are directly related to the 20 days they were unable to fullfil their end of the bargain. If you want to shut me up, you just let me know your address and I'll give you the chance...until then I'll post what I want and, if you like, I can help you learn the English language too.
Missing Brick November 21, 2012 at 05:21 AM
As I understand my bill, there are charges for both "delivery" and "use." Of course no one can charge for power not consumed, but these other monthly fees are still being charged as of my last phone call with JCP&L. How about they pro-rate it by day...and hey, why you are at it, pay for the generators folks had to buy for the bureaucratic delays that had nothing to do with damaged meters in my neighborhood. In fact, no single meter was submerged here...but it took them over five days to confirm this simple fact. I don't ask for refunds of money I didn't spend, just for companies to be held accountable for their screw-ups and the damage that results.
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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