The United States and other countries are running out of helium . Helium is a byproduct of the natural gas industry and is used in welding, cryogenics, controlled atmospheres, breathing mixtures, leak detection and for manufacturing a large number of optical and imaging technology products.
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“Spectra Energy has received conditional environmental approval from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff on its proposed New Jersey-New York Expansion project. [...] The system, which would be the first major natural gas pipeline to reach New York City in 40 years.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.
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