Gas Lines Fully Cut to Barrier Island

Curtis Point 'flare up' quelled early Thursday morning

Update: 12:33 a.m. Friday - New Jersey Natural Gas has confirmed that as of Thursday evening, the valves were completely shut and the lines were vented. Pressure was down to 0psi and water intrusion was expected to begin. The company said it would continue to assess the situation.


New Jersey Natural Gas said it has repaired a gas leak in Brick Township’s Curtis Point neighborhood.

There were widespread reports of gas leaks in the barrier island neighborhood yesterday.

The company said the “flare up” was made safe at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

The company also said it would cut off gas service to the entire Barnegat Peninsula south of Point Pleasant Beach Thursday. The company started the process early in the afternoon and it will take about two hours for all of the valves to be manually closed. After that, a venting process will take several more hours.

‪NJNG said it expects water to infiltrate its pipes once natural gas pressure is no longer flowing through them. This will damage the pipes and require the infrastructure to be rebuilt before service to the barrier island can be restored.‬

“Our crews did everything we could to save the system,” said Chief Operating Officer Kathleen T. Ellis.  “We were only able to gain access to some of the most damaged areas within the last 24 hours, and the devastation is nothing that could be seen from the air.  It is beyond imagination.  The only safe thing to do is shut down the system.”‬

The same situation will apply to NJNG's gas lines on Long Beach Island, which are also being switched off.

The company said the situation is similar to what gas companies in the Gulf region went through following Hurricane Katrina.

According to Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard, two local SWAT teams that gained access to the barrier island sections of town yesterday noted several fires being fed by natural gas lines.

Frederick John LaVergne for Congress November 01, 2012 at 07:59 PM
People forget that not only the power has to be restored - water, waste-water (including treatment) and gas service must also be restored/rebuilt. This is going to be a tough one, folks. Let the experts do what they do. Help your neighbor, when, where, and how you may. Rise above this.
David Restiano November 01, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Will this just be for the areas on barrier island or on the west side of the bridge up Mantoloking Road as well?
WMS826 November 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
This is beyond Katrina and far far reaching in my opinion. People just don't get it yet unless their home is wet or gone.
Heather Pauwels Vinick November 01, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Why didn't they do this prior to the storm hitting! The fires would not have destroyed Camp Osborn, Lyndhurst or parts of Curtis Point!
Lilburn Lady November 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
The difference between this and Katrina is vast. During Katrina, 1,464 people in the storm area lost their lives. The City of New Orleans was under water for over a week, some areas, for several weeks. Bodies were left in the streets for ten days before collection of the dead began. Looting was widespread throughout the city, police officers, utility workers and rescue personnel were fired upon and many police officers simply walked off the job, leaving the cities residents to defend themselves. Beach areas along the Gulf Coast were wiped clean, without a single tree, building or piece of pavement left to mark that anything had ever been there. As a life-long resident of the Gulf Coast, I sympathize with what you are going through, because we have dealt with Hurricanes for many, many years. Mother nature will do what she wants, when she wants and as extreme as she wants and no matter of preparation, planning or special construction can beat her. Be thankful for life, limb, health and a second chance to rebuild and continue your life. Buildings, roads and infrastructure can and will be replaced. Memories of how things used to be cannot be destroyed by a storm, you will always have those. Hang tough and be grateful for what you do have and the rest will be worked out in time.
Lilburn Lady November 01, 2012 at 09:59 PM
So true. Just because it appears that a home is still standing, you have no idea what structural damage has been done until an expert can look at it. Foundations can be cracked or washed out, walls can be structurally unsound, etc. Just because a house looks okay doesn't mean it's safe to enter or that it can be repaired. Some homes are going to have to be torn down even though they made it through the storm. Roads, sewers, water lines, gas lines and electric lines will all have to be rebuilt. In addition, as we found out on the Gulf Coast, when homes are rebuilt, new codes will be applied so that homes are more "hurricane ready". As in some areas of New Orleans, homes that were left, had to be raised up on pylons a certain number of feet in order to be insured after the storm. You have a long, long road ahead with regard to rebuilding. Be thankful for what you have, your life, and a chance to rebuild.
F SANDY November 01, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Hey heather....do you wait until Monday morning and say...."gee....why did eli through that pass instead of running the ball?"....since you asked that question, you probably won't understand my reference either....
Mike November 01, 2012 at 11:29 PM
You must have missed the part about "the entire system will need to be rebuilt"
Heather Pauwels Vinick November 01, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Who ever left the "Monday morning Eli" comment, yes I did understand. Hind sight is 20/20, they thought what they were doing was the right thing. However, several other shore communities throughout the state and in NY cut power before the storm. It is the power companies job to know better. This was not the first storm to hit the coast.
Heather Pauwels Vinick November 01, 2012 at 11:38 PM
BTW- F Sandy, I grew up in Brick and my family lived in Camp O (year round) for 4 generations. My family and I lost 2 homes because they burnt to the ground. 100 homes in Camp Osborn that belonged to families like mine burnt down. Our community is devastated. Please be more sensitive with the comments you post. Thank you.
Andrew Nittoso November 01, 2012 at 11:58 PM
They say every cloud has a silver lining. This would be a great time to begin thinking about the state using the power of eminent domain to provide more public access to the beaches.
F SANDY November 02, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Heather, wasn't trying to be insensitive ....i lost plenty except the physical structure of my home....i just feel that we shouldn't place blame on anyone except mother nature....no one would've ever thought this would happen....
DH November 02, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Lilburn Lady - I know a couple people from down in NOLA who have been VERY sympathetic and understanding to our situation here in NJ. More so than some of our own residents here, sad to say. Thanks for your interest and your reply here. This isn't (and shouldn't be) about comparing which was worse. Does it matter? Both are horrendous. I was SO lucky in all of this - only lost power for a few hours tuesday. NO other issues. But I've spent the last few days helping people I know who were MUCH less fortunate than me. People who's homes were destroyed. I wish everyone would stop complaining about inconveniences like power outages, etc - if EVERYONE could help out in ANY way, big or small, we could make a HUGE difference right now in some people's lives. Anyone that is able bodied should be lending a hand to their friends, neighbors and communities. If you somehow don't know someone personally who needs your help - you know where to find them. They're in Cherry Quay, Baywood, Silverton, Point Pleasant, EVERYWHERE there was water, people need help. If your power is out . . . really, what else do you have to do anyway?
ChrisCCD November 02, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Hey you, are you still stuck in 7th grade. We need to talk.
dcnj November 02, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I am so, so sorry for your loss. I can't begin t imagine what you're going through.
Minimew726 November 02, 2012 at 12:53 PM
@Andrew Nittoso. That's a messed up comment. These people in Camp Osborn lost EVERYTHING and now you want the state to take their land???? That's just messed up. You should be ashamed of your self.
Lilburn Lady November 02, 2012 at 03:42 PM
DH, I agree that the best possible way to get through a bad situation is to do something to help someone else who is also in a bad way. I see stories about the lady in NY who somehow had power when most people on the block did not. She put an outlet outside with a sign encouraging people to use it to rechard their cellphones. If you have elderly neighbors, go knock on their doors and ask if they need blankets, water, food, etc. See if they need medications or help contacting relatives. If you have a chain saw, go help a neighbor cut and stack tree limbs that have fallen. If you have an extra tarp, help a neighbor who has a hole in his roof. There are many, many things that you can do on your own while you are waiting for the power to come back on or for help to arrive. I have always admired the "Yankee" "Can Do" spirit and I know that it is still alive and well. I posted here because of relatives that live in Normandy Beach. One families house is in three pieces in the bay. The other family's house survived, but had four feet of water inside. It is extremely sad what happened, but it is mother nature. You survive it, you rebuild and life goes on. Best wishes to all of you.
Lauren November 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I too lost a home in Camp Osborn. My family has been there for 3 generations. We are heartbroken and devastated not just for us, but for the people who called Camp Osborn their permanent home. As far as eminent domain, I think there is enough public access to the beaches all along the coast.


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