10.12.17

AFTER SCHUMER’S URGING FERC FINALLY APPROVES GENESEE COUNTY’S PLAN NEEDED TO FUND NEW WATER LINE CONSTRUCTION AT STAMP BUSINESS PARK

PILOT Agreement Between Genesee County & Empire Pipeline Was Delayed For Months Awaiting FERC Sign-Off ; Schumer Stepped In To Urge FERC To Review And Approve The Application Needed To Fund Phase 2 Water Line Construction At STAMP; With Vital Application Now Approved Construction Can Finally Begin

 

Schumer Says With FERC’s Approval In Hand, Genesee County Can Work To Keep Waterline Construction On Schedule, And Bring Jobs To Finger Lakes Region

 

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced, after his push, that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the Empire Pipeline Inc.’s revised and extended PILOT agreement with Genesee County in order to keep an important water infrastructure project on track. Schumer said that with the agreement now approved and renewed, funds can be cleared for new water infrastructure at Genesee County’s Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Business Park (STAMP), bringing good paying jobs to the Western New York  region and investing in New York State’s critical infrastructure.

 

“This is great news for Genesee County, with the PILOT agreement renewed and approved upgrades to water infrastructure at STAMP can begin and stay on schedule and put new jobs in the pipeline,” said Senator Schumer. “I am pleased FERC  heeded my calls to act quickly and approve this petition to ensure that the timely construction of new water infrastructure is not held up by bureaucratic red-tape. This newly approved agreement is a win-win for job creation and the hard working people of Genesee County, allowing the Genesee County Economic Development Center to proceed with vital upgrades to the STAMP business park.”

 

Schumer explained that the original PILOT agreement between Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) and Empire Pipeline was approved by FERC and implemented in 2007 as part of Empire Pipeline’s investment to construct a new gas compression station in the Town of Oakfield in Genesee County.  The agreement was up for renewal and Schumer called for FERC to review and approve the application, the agreement will hold through 2032.  This request does not include any new construction, but is solely an amendment and extension of the original PILOT agreement. Funding provided to Genesee County by Empire Pipeline under this PILOT agreement is required by Genesee County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) to finance Phase 2 construction of new water lines to serve STAMP and with FERCs final sign off construction will no longer be delayed. 

 

A copy of Schumer’s original  letter appears below:

 

Dear FERC Commissioner Chatterjee:

 

I write to request your attention to take swift action on the Petition (Docket CP06-5, Sub Docket 013) filed by Empire Pipeline Inc. to approve its revised and extended PILOT (Payment in lieu of taxes) agreement with Genesee County, NY, which is necessary to finance new job-creating water infrastructure at Genesee County’s STAMP (Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Business Park) business park. 

 

The original PILOT agreement between Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) and Empire Pipeline was approved by FERC and implemented in 2007 as part of Empire Pipeline’s investment to construct a new gas compression station in the Town of Oakfield in Genesee County.  This agreement is now up for renewal through 2032.  This request does not include any new construction, but is solely an amendment and extension of the original PILOT agreement.  This renewal agreement was approved by Genesee County and Empire Pipeline in 2016 and is currently awaiting final approval by FERC. 

 

Timely approval of this agreement is necessary to ensure that the construction of new water infrastructure, which is crucial to economic development in the region, can proceed on schedule. The $4 million in proceeds paid by Empire Pipeline to Genesee County under this renewal agreement are set to be used to finance new job-creating water line investment in Genesee County.  Specifically this funding is required to complete the financing of the Phase 2 construction of new water lines to serve the forthcoming STAMP business park, a 1250 acre site that Genesee County is transforming into a shovel-ready business park to attract new manufacturing business and jobs.  As the Phase 1 water construction is now underway, I request FERC expeditiously schedule this Petition for action in order to enable the Genesee County Economic Development Center to proceed on its Phase 2 schedule without delay. 

 

Thank you for your attention to this request. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Charles E. Schumer

 

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