Executive Order #12 Whitman.
natural gas transmission pipeline located in the Township of Edison,
County of Middlesex, exploded at or about midnight on March 24,
and issues related to the explosion required that I invoke the emergency
powers vested in the Governor by the Constitution and Statutes of
this State, including, but not limited to, the provisions of the
Laws of 1942, Chapter 251 (N.J.S.A. App. A:9-3 et seq.) and the
Laws of 1963, Chapter 109 (N.J.S.A. 38A:2-4); and
issued Executive Order No. 12 on March 25, 1994, declaring a state
of emergency, which Order provided, among other things, that all
natural gas suppliers reduce transmission pipeline pressure by five
(5) percent of the Maximum Available Operating Pressure; and
Order also provided that the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental
Protection and Energy and President of the Board of Regulatory Commissioners
should meet with representatives of the affected natural gas suppliers
and representatives of the gas utilities to obtain their recommendations,
which meeting was held on March 29, 1994 and included representatives
of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department
of Transportation, Office of Pipeline Safety; and
State of New Jersey and the federal government have agreed to conduct
a joint investigation of all interstate natural gas transmission
pipelines operating in the State of New Jersey; and
parties have agreed to cooperate with future federal and State regulatory
inspections, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of
Pipeline Safety has ordered a reduction of pipeline pressure in
the vicinity of the explosion with respect to the line involved,
I, CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, Governor of the State of New Jersey,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
1. The state
of emergency that prompted the issuance of Executive Order No.
12 having subsided, Executive Order No. 12 is hereby rescinded.
the Acting Superintendent of the Division of State Police remains
authorized and empowered to utilize all facilities owned, rented,
operated, and maintained by the State of New Jersey to house and
shelter persons who may need shelter as a consequence of the emergency.
3. The Acting
Superintendent of the Division of State Police remains authorized
to order the evacuation of all persons from any area where their
continued presence would present a danger to their health, safety
or welfare because of the conditions created by the emergency.
4. The Department
heads of the various agencies of State government who are called
upon to provide assistance in the aftermath of the Edison explosion
shall continue to lend assistance to ensure the protection of
the health, safety, and resources of the residents of the Township
of Edison and the State of New Jersey.
Order shall take effect immediately.
under my hand and seal
this 29th day of March in the Year
of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine
Hundred and Ninety Four, and of
the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Eighteenth.
Chief Counsel to the Governor