Controversial Iroquois natural gas pipeline ready for a test run in Hunts Point

(02/01/04) HUNTS POINT - Plans to run a natural gas line through the Hunts Point section of the Bronx have been years in the making. Now, the pipeline is in the ground and ready for a test run.

Members of the Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company have been advising residents and businesses in the area that they may hear some extra noise and smell a hint of natural gas in the air as the final phase of the project begins. The plan has created a great deal of controversy among Hunts Point residents. Despite company officials calling the project safe, some residents still are still opposed to it.

The Hunts Point neighborhood was awarded $800,000 for allowing the construction of the pipeline. Gas company officials hope to have the pipeline in full service by Thursday.

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