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The Williams Transco company met with Princeton and Montgomery residents to discuss developments to a $650 million natural gas pipeline project extending into both towns, according to the Times of Trenton.

Last week, Williams Transco revised its plans to dig open trenches through environmentally sensitive wetland areas of Princeton Ridge and opted to use tunneling instead.

Should an emergency merit a mass evacuation, the township has made plans for residents to be brought to a number of municipal buildings. Residents should call 911 should they smell gas, Bob Gregory, director of Princeton’s Office of Emergency Management, said, adding that otherwise, the best plan is to shelter in place.

The company said that the new pipeline is necessary because the existing one is no longer large enough to accommodate increased production. Environmentalists have expressed concern that the construction of a larger pipeline will encourage hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania.

Construction is slated to begin in early May and go through July.

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