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Concerns about planned pipeline to Manhattan

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Residents of Chelsea and Greenwich Village in Manhattan are worried that a planned natural gas pipeline could leak toxins or even blow up, according to

The pipeline, which is already under construction, will stretch about 20 miles from Linden, N.J., to Manhattan.

A Texas-based company called Spectra Energy is building the pipeline.

Local community boards have raised concerns about the project, saying that Con Edison and Spectra haven't shown the system to be safe.

"Once complete, our project will provide safe, reliable natural gas which will reduce our nation's dependence on foreign energy sources," Spectra said in a statement. "Spectra Energy has an outstanding safety record and our new pipeline will meet or exceed all Federal safety requirements and regulations."

Con Edison told Fox 5 News that the project is "essential" to meeting a "growing need for natural gas, particularly with the significant increase we are seeing in oil-to-gas conversions, which will result in both lower heating costs for customers and cleaner air for everyone."

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