New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) will be working on sections of the barrier island, moving in a north to south direction, town by town, to make critical repairs to their system.
Temporary closure for repair work
NJNG is prepared to re-activate the gas service on the barrier island. In order to do so, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) must follow a protocol of charging the gas lines with low-pressure, checking for leaks, and then raising the pressure slowly, again checking for leaks. As each area is activated, the gas company will continue to move south on the barrier island. Based on the phasing plan provided by the gas company, the barrier island in Seaside Park will be closed to traffic on December 13th and 14th.
In order to activate the gas lines, NJNG cannot allow any source of ignition in the area, such as cars. As a result, in order to insure an expeditious and safe re-activation, the entire area must be closed off. There will be no access to Seaside Park unless NJNG authorizes permission to enter a specific area on December 13th and 14th.
According to the NJNG website, a spokesperson for the company has issued the following statement:
“As soon as an area has been successfully re-pressurized, a second team will begin meter rebuilds for that area. This will take place in Seaside Park after December 14th. Once a meter has been re-established and you see a New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) Official Tag on the customer gas valve just past your meter, your home’s natural gas service may be turned on by your qualified technician after it is determined your natural gas equipment is safe to operate. The New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) Official Tag must be filled out and returned to the Seaside Park Code Enforcement Office located at 10 Allen Street, Toms River.”
“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.”
“If you smell an odor of natural gas, leave the building immediately. DO NOT light matches, touch electrical switches or appliances, or use your telephone. From a safe location, customers should notify us of all gas leaks immediately at 1-800-GAS-LEAK (1-800-427-5325).”
Any questions regarding gas activation should be directed to the New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) at www.njng.com or their customer service department at 1-800-221-0051.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation