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Letter: Concern over natural gas pipeline

A fire burns Wednesday after a tugboat and

A fire burns Wednesday after a tugboat and barge hit a gas pipeline Tuesday night in Perot Bay in Lafourche Parish, La., about 30 miles south of New Orleans. (March 13, 2013) Credit: AP

The green energy revolution is here, the climate alarm is ringing and New York State is urging communities to reform their energy vision. Like a wild animal backed into a corner, the fossil-fuel industry is in survival mode. This time, Northville Industries wants to bypass testing regulations regarding the conversion of its oil pipeline to a natural-gas transmission line ["Gas line sought," News, July 6].

Built in 1973, this pipeline reflects the standards of old, not the technological advances that have since made the industry safer and more reliable. Its 42-year history is laced with manufacturing defects, corrosion and third-party damage. It has even suffered from a half-inch-wide hole caused by a lightning strike to a nearby electric line.

This pipeline might pass the next hydrostatic test or in-line inspection, but will it stand up to the rigors of daily use? No one knows. Yet, miles of Northville's converted transmission line would carry highly pressurized natural gas adjacent to the Long Island Expressway and over our aquifers. Meanwhile, the industry only seems concerned with securing 20 more years of fossil-fuel dependency.

Andrea M. Barracca, Middle Island

Editor's note: The writer is the co-founder of Project Seeeds, an environmental advocacy group.