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March 27, 2014

Pipeline would send gas to Amphenol, towns

SIDNEY — Working with the planners of the Constitution Pipeline, an executive with a local utility company announced Tuesday that the firm — Leatherstocking Gas Company — has ambitious plans to connect not only the Amphenol Aerospace factory to natural gas supplies but several other communities in the region as well.

“We intend to pipe this entire area,” said Michael German, Leatherstocking’s chief executive officer. The company is jointly owned by Corning Natural Gas and Mirabito Holdings.

Leatherstocking’s plans hinge on whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves Constitution’s application to construct a 124-mile pipeline that would send natural gas produced in northeastern Pennsylvania to two existing pipelines in the Schoharie County town of Wright.

Constitution’s project manager, Matt Swift, said his company is providing Leatherstocking with four taps that will supply Leatherstocking and its customers with gas that would flow to the region through the pipeline. The only tap location that has been finalized is the one that will feed gas to the Amphenol plant, both German and Swift said.

There are plans to also provide gas to residents and businesses in Sidney, Bainbridge, Delhi and possibly Franklin and Unadilla, German said.

“We’re going to go where we’re wanted and where they want gas service,” German said when asked if his company would consider piping natural gas into any Otsego County communities that now lack gas service. He noted Oneonta already has gas service available.

He said Leatherstocking already has franchise agreements in 10 municipalities within Delaware, Otsego, Chenango and and Broome counties. In order for development of the distribution system to move forward, the state Public Service Commission must grant certificates of public convenience to Leatherstocking, German said.

The feeder pipeline coming off the Constitution tap to Amphenol will be funded with a $750,000 grant that the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency awarded last month to Leatherstocking. The feeder pipeline would provide gas both to Amphenol’s existing plant in Sidney as well as its new building scheduled to open later this year.

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