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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.

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