On June 18th, 2013 the first of many groundbreaking ceremonies was held by Pennsylvania’s newest natural gas distribution company. Leatherstocking Gas Company, LLC held the event at the Montrose JSHS. The ceremony was well attended by representatives from state and local government, regional economic development, two Pennsylvania PUC Commissioners, Leatherstocking’s industry partners’ representatives from the Montrose Area School District and Endless Mountain Health Systems. The event was attended by approximately 100 individuals and representatives from several television stations and newspapers.
This is an exciting time for the company and the communities it will ultimately be serving. The first distribution system build out will be approximately 5.5 miles of state of the art high density plastic pipe which will operate at approximately 120psig. Leatherstocking’s first priority is to connect the two anchor customers Montrose JSHS and the new Hospital prior to the end of August 2013.
After these customers are connected we will be connecting all residential and commercial customers along the route that desire natural gas service. Once the Bridgewater build is completed we will extend the system to the TREHAB facility on RT 167. The company will refine its existing plans to extend this system into the Borough of Montrose during 2014. Additionally we have plans to begin development of a new system in the Borough and Township of New Milford during 2014.
The management of Leatherstocking believes that Pennsylvania has all the necessary building blocks in place to allow relatively rapid development of rural natural gas distribution systems. Our experience from the person on the street to the Governor is that Pennsylvanians get it! They understand the industry and its impact on environment and economy and they want the local resource provided to the citizens that sit above it.
The company has had overwhelming support from Cabot Oil & Gas and Williams Field Services along with a multitude of PUC and government officials. We sense an urgent and sincere desire to make sure natural gas is available to the local consumer safely, economically and efficiency and we thank these institutions and the community at large for its support.