Pipeline Grant Vote in Harrisburg Today
The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce (WyCCC) is working to receive an additional $1 million grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development Pipeline Extension Program (PIPE). The grant was submitted in the summer of 2018, but the Commonwealth Financing Authority postponed their winter meetings. Today’s meeting is scheduled for 10:30am and the WyCCC grant proposal is on the agenda.
WyCCC was awarded an initial $1 million PIPE grant in November 2017 enabling UGI Utilities to begin construction on the gate station, the facility which prepares the natural gas for residential service use, and the 18,000 feet of 12” main line from the gate station along Sunnyside Road and through the borough. Linde Construction, contractors for UGI Utilities, broke ground on the project in October 2018 and to date is nearly complete with the 18,000 feet of main line.
The second grant will assist with UGI Utilities’ build out of natural gas utility service to the borough of Tunkhannock. The WyCCC worked closely with UGI Utilities on the plans for phase 2, assuring the Dietrich Theater will be able to connect with phase 2 of the plans. This will save the Dietrich Theater/Wyoming County Cultural Center, a non-profit entity, tens of thousands of dollars a year in heating costs. Chamber President, Gina Suydam states, “The Chamber is thankful to all of the partners that came together to make this project a reality, Wyoming County Commissioner, Tunkhannock Borough Council, UGI Utilities, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, Williams, and most importantly the PA Department of Community and Economic Development for seeing the need for public funding to assist in the natural gas development in unserved areas.”
In addition to the Tunkhannock Pipeline Grant, the CFA will also be voting on a $1 million grant application from Leatherstocking Gas Company to service Wyalusing, PA with natural gas utility service, another community where many are unserved.