Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
at 7:00 p.m.

Please note: Dec.4th meeting postponed!



Developer Appleview wants to build an oversized condo complex in an undersized lot on River Road in North Bergen - bordering Guttenberg.  Because of its oversized footprint, construction would be dangerously close to a 36-inch, high pressure gas pipeline - - bringing about the threat of an explosion like the one in San Bruno, CA. 

The Transco pipeline which supplies over 50% of gas to NYC runs through North Bergen and is over 60 years old. A pipeline rupture would devastate our densely populated community which includes hundreds of low rise dwellings, over 30 mid to hgh rise buildings, the Palisades Hospital, two sewage treatment plants, all within a half mile radius of the site (see chart on impact zone below).

The project would also require the developer to cut into the Palisades slope and potentially destabilize the Transco Pipeline, Ferry Road, Summit House and Galaxy Condo Garages. Area residents will be put at tremendous risk during and after the construction of this project. 

Appleview is seeking approval for multiple variances from the town of North Bergen (see details below). 
These variances, if approved by the North Bergen Planning Board will permit heavy construction within 16 feet of this major gas pipeline!

Over the past few years, we have witnessed many disastrous explosions of natural gas pipelines across the country!
People have died, property destroyed and entire neighborhoods devastated. 

For the safety of the public, we urge North Bergen to uphold the zoning ordinance and NOT grant Appleview these variances!



Contact your Elected Officials and Representatives.

Write to your representatives today and tell them that the Appleview Project cannot be approved in its current form!

Our elected officials must get involved and address the Appleview/Pipeline safety issues.

Mailing address of representatives are included in the letter.
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We recommend that you also submit your letter via elected official's website.  See links below. 

1. Senator Lautenberg: http://lautenberg.senate.gov/contact/routing.cfm

2. Senator Menendez:  http://menendez.senate.gov/contact/

3. Governor Chris Christie:  http://www.state.nj.us/governor/contact/

4a. District 33 (for residents of Guttenberg, WNY, Weehawken, Hoboken, part JC)
Senator Stack, Assemblyman Ramos, Assemblywoman Rodriguez:   http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~njvi/d/33.php
4b. District 32 (for residents of North Bergen, part JC)
Senators Sacco, Assemblyman Prieto, Assemblywoman Quigley:  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/SelectRep.asp 

5. Congressman Albio Sires: http://sires.house.gov

appleview project near gas pipeline

  • Transco Pipeline is a major gas pipeline that is high pressured, 36 inches in diameter, and much larger than the San Bruno 30 inch pipeline. 
  • This is an aging pipeline (60+ yrs old) that's prone to corrosion and uses outdated technology.  To enable proper pipeline maintenance, it is crucial not to overcrowd the pipeline easement.
  • Pipeline runs down the Palisades cliffs, and the project plans to cut into the slopes that support the pipeline. This creates risk of sinkholes due to disturbed soil and chronic water runoff issues.
  • Pipeline is already located in a congested area, with no maintenance access from the north side as it is blocked by a large sewer treatment plant 10 ft. away.  The 20 ft. building setback that Appleview proposes will further restrict access and is not sufficient for safe construction and proper maintenance post construction.
  • Pipeline is situated in a High Consequence Area.  Approximately 2,000 residents, a sewage treatment plant and a Hospital are within 500 feet of the pipeline.
  • Over 30 mid to high-rise buildings, hundreds of low rise dwellings and offices are within 1/2 mile of the site- makes rescue efforts complicates.
  • Pipeline supplies more than 50% of NYC's gas.  Any disruption will severely impact the city.

Contaminated Soil

  • Site is contaminated with carcinogens that exceed DEP's standards for residential use.
  • Airborne toxicity from ground breaking so close to surrounding properties is hazardous.                            
  • Rainwater runoff through the site could also spread toxins to neighboring properties.

Palisades and Structures at Risk

  • Construction into the cliffs will damage the Palisades and put Transco pipeline, Ferry Road, Galaxy and Summit House garages at risk.
  • Remaining Palisades will be hidden by the massive structure.

River Road Traffic Safety

  • Project will add 120 cars to the already congested River Rd.                             
  • Shallow & narrow driveway will cause vehicles to overflow dangerously onto River Rd.                               


Water Runoff/ Flooding on River Rd.    

  • Overbuilt lot will exacerbate existing water runoff problems on River Rd.
  • Months of construction project would aggravate the River Road flooding situation.  

Other Dangers          

  • Fire hazard:  Oversized footprint hinders fire truck access on all sides.
  • Swinging cranes in tight space also poses construction danger    


For more information: 

Please email us if you would like more information. 

Email: SiatNg@msn.com


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