Residents and activists square off with unions over controversial NESE pipeline project

Politicians, residents and environmental groups found themselves at odds with unions over an extension of the Transco natural gas pipeline that would run through New Jersey and the Raritan Bay to New York.

Williams, the energy infrastructure company that owns and operates the Transco pipeline, wants to build a 32,000 horsepower compressor station in Franklin and 3.5 miles of new pipeline in Sayreville and Old Bridge. The Northeast Supply Enhancement Project (NESE) would also add 23 miles of pipeline under the Raritan Bay, nearly six miles of which would be in New Jersey waters.

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