(Lauren Evans) Will the Meatpacking District be at risk of getting blown to smithereens when a new gas pipeline begins pumping natural gas on November 1? No, there is nothing to worry about/hope for, the government promises.

The pipeline—which originates in New Jersey, snakes under the Hudson River and enters Manhattan at 10th Avenue and Gansevoort Street—has rankled residents who feel that the line's daily infusion of 800 million cubic feet of gas can't possibly be a good thing.

Despite years of protest from concerned residents, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday gave the go-ahead to Spectra Energy to begin pumping, DNAinfo reports. The company has tried to quell fear that the neighborhood will one day go up in a flame of synthetic Ed Hardy shirts and hair gel in the event of some sort of rupture, saying that workers "adequately stabilized areas disturbed by construction" and "restoration is proceeding satisfactorily." Never mind that "adequately" and "satisfactorily" are the most unreassuring reassuring words. What, no "safe-ish?" No "not deadly, probably"?

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