New Jersey Natural Gas is seeking permission to replace about 343 miles of pipes that are in danger
of corrosion and leaks.

The utility has asked the state Board of Public Utilities to approve the five-year, $204 million project. If approved, the utility will seek an increase in its base rate that would cost the typical customer $8.44 a year during the course of the project.

New Jersey Natural Gas spokesman Michael Kinney tells the Asbury Park Press the scope of the project
accounts for 60 percent of the utility's aged infrastructure in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties.

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