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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.

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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