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Texas-based Spectra Energy got the green light from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as of November 1, started pumping natural gas through its line under Chelsea and the West Village. The pipeline’s Manhattan route runs under 10th Avenue between Gansevoort and West 15th Streets.

Disappointed and worried by the decision, area residents fear potential explosion and environmental contamination, especially if another Sandy-like event should occur.

Marylee Hanley, spokesperson for Spectra, sought to allay those concerns by pointing to her company’s track record of more than 60 years of safe operation in the region.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner, Lauren O’Donnell, also offered that Spectra has “adequately stabilized areas disturbed by construction” and “restoration is proceeding satisfactorily”.

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