Question: Ya know what this is?

Somebody just emailed asking “Ya know what this is?” with the following photo. I have no idea, but it’s at Long Beach Blvd.¬†Anybody?


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10 thoughts on “Question: Ya know what this is?”

  1. Natural gas vent. There’s some like them by the Pier One lot as well, National Grid trucks have been working there for weeks.

  2. Williams Transco operates a 28″ high-pressure gas pipeline from Linden NJ, across the harbor, through Long Beach and Island Park called the Lower New York Bay Lateral.

    This supplies natural gas for Keyspan’s Barrett Island plant and much of Nassau County. The pipeline was installed in 1967 and three dielectric joints in the pipe were replaced last month, along with monitoring and controls. One of them was found leaking requiring all of them to be replaced.

    The vents you see permit air circulation in the underground vaults that contain monitoring hardware and pressure reducers. The communications equipment is contained in the street cabinets at the beach and Park Avenue. There’s a main shut-off manhole buried on the beach about 15-feet from the boardwalk.

    Transco is a pipeline company held jointly by many gas suppliers, including Keyspan.

    All the recent hullabaloo over the offshore LNG terminal would be tied into this pipeline.

  3. @Sam, it makes land at Long Beach Boulevard, runs under the middle of the street, across Park Avenue then along Long Beach Road to the service road in front of McDonalds then across Reynolds Channel and up Austin Boulevard for a small length then along the east side of the LIRR right of way. It continues north of the electric plant on Barrett Island under the east lane of Lawson Boulevard.

    If the thing ever exploded, it could take out a full quarter mile of the middle of Long Beach. All the sensors and regulators are there to detect any leak or failure.

    The steel 28-inch pipe is about a half inch thick and also encased in concrete. It’s buried no less than three feet underground.

    Transco mails “public awareness” safety brochures to property owners near the pipeline each year, but I doubt many people have any idea why they get them.

  4. Eddie, Are you sure about 28 inches? Everything I ever heard it was a 26 inch pipe. and they seem be digging a lot deeper than 3 feet. Is the “no less than 3 feet underground” the depth that it is buried in the trench across New York bay or under LB Road as well?

  5. Capt, the charts show a 28″ pipe. I have no idea what it is. I have also heard it was 26″. The plans also call for a “minimum of 3-feet of cover”. I looked in the hole where they were replacing couplings and the top looked like it was perhaps 4-feet down. Underwater pipelines are usually buried in a trench about five feet, but with the currents moving around sand, it rarely remains at that depth.

  6. LoL this is awesome, so does iStar know that they are building right next to a potential blast site that could take out their buildings? Let’s keep this little fact between us, cause they are having a hard enough time getting financing for the project.

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