To be built as part of the St Lawrence Gas Distribution Project, the proposed pipeline would enter through Moira, New York, and follow a preferred path along an abandoned railway to Chateaugay, servicing approximately 4,400 residents.
The project is scheduled to begin construction by September 2011 and is expected to be completed by December 2012.
The pipeline is one of 15 projects to benefit from the first round of funding from the Upstate Regional Blueprint Fund, which invests in local development and small businesses.
St Lawrence Gas will contribute $US14 million of the $US20 million estimated cost, while Franklin County has offered $US1.42 million, and the US Government will contribute $US2 million.
“The funding commitment is an acknowledgement that the expansion of natural gas distribution is vitally important for Northern New York state. Bringing natural gas to this new market area will provide an economic and environmentally preferred fuel choice to residential, commercial and industrial customers,” St Lawrence Gas President and General Manager Richard Campbell said.