MASSENA - The St. Lawrence Gas Company announced Thursday that its system expansion into Franklin County will become a reality.The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order approving the companys petition to amend its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity relating to the project earlier this month.
St. Lawrence Gas is planning to expand its distribution system to provide natural gas to the communities of Winthrop, Brasher Falls and North Lawrence in St. Lawrence County and Moira, North Bangor, Brushton, Malone, Burke and Chateaugay in Franklin County over the next several years. Construction is anticipated to start in mid August.
As part of the discussion included in the order approving the project the PSC notes that the expansion project will result in substantial financial benefits to new customers and economic benefits to the communities in which service will be provided, according to Richard Campbell, president and general manager of St. Lawrence Gas Company.
Bringing natural gas to this new market area will provide an economic and environmentally desirable fuel choice to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, Mr. Campbell said.
The success of this initiative is due in large part to the efforts and strong support from all levels of government. We wish to specifically thank the Governors Office, Senator Betty Little, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Congressman Bill Owens, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Empire State Development, along with the Franklin County Legislature, and the Franklin County and St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agencies, Mr. Campbell said.
On behalf of all who will benefit from improved access to natural gas distribution, St. Lawrence Gas is very appreciative of the hard work by all involved to support this unique private-public partnership.