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Pipeline company ponies up money needed to bridge gap left by federal sequester
Pike County Courier ^ | April 26, 2013 | Charles Reynolds

Posted on 04/26/2013 9:01:45 AM PDT by RBW in PA

MILFORD — Milford Beach will remain open this summer after all, after a campaign waged by community activists, business owners, and elected officials to stop the closure set off by across-the-board spending cuts known as the federal sequester.

John Donahue, superintendent of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, said he had to close Milford Beach to trim his budget. This ruffled many feathers in Pike County, as Milford Beach is a big draw for both residents and visitors alike during the summer. The closing would cost businesses in Milford and the surrounding area a lot of money in an already difficult economy.

Christopher Graham, of Confidential Bits, started a "Keep Milford Open" Facebook page and online petition to the White House.

Enter Harry Forbes, former Pike County commissioner and director of Gov. Corbett's Northeast Office in Scranton; Matt Osterberg, Pike County commissioner; and U.S. Rep. Tom Marino. According to a source close to the situation, they asked Donahue how much money it would take to keep the tourist area open. Then they went about finding a corporate sponsor who could come up with the funds.

Next enter Kinder-Morgan, parent company of Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which has been blasted by the public over tree-clearing for its Northeast Upgrade Project. The company recently announced its intention to donate $25,000 to the Delaware Valley School District for a welding project. By keeping Milford Beach open, they've found a way to promote their "good neighbor" image to more people.

According to a letter sent to Donahue on April 22, Allen Fore, director of Public Affairs of Kinder-Morgan, confirmed the company's donation of $41,000 to assist with the “2013 operational costs to keep the Delaware Water Gap's Milford Beach open for the calendar year 2013.” Fore called the beach an “important community asset.”

Gas companies and their supporters have been making the argument that the pipeline, and the natural gas industry it serves, will bring prosperity to the communities it touches. Losing masses of trees in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-approved clear-cutting earlier this year, while also losing a National Park Service beach later in the year, would not have felt like prosperity to local people.

Graham says he's worried about the deal officials made.

“My big concern is nothing comes from nothing,” he said in a phone interview. “Is this merely a political move, a tax write-off, or is there something more they expect from us?”

Graham and supporters of the beach were still planning to hold a meeting at the Columns museum on Thursday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the Foundation room.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: milford; pipeline; sequester
How is it legal for a private company to subsidize the operations of a public facility closed due to sequestration? What’s more interesting is that this company is under attack for trying to install a pipeline through the same area. I don’t understand how the politicians allowed this to occur, if I was a billionaire could I subsidize the DoD?
1 posted on 04/26/2013 9:01:45 AM PDT by RBW in PA
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To: RBW in PA

Letting Washington DC regulate the local parks is a big mistake. But then letting some bean counter that has never even been within a thousand miles of your home regulate anything local is a big mistake.


2 posted on 04/26/2013 9:10:59 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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“My big concern is nothing comes from nothing,” he said in a phone interview. “Is this merely a political move, a tax write-off, or is there something more they expect from us?”

Translation from Liberal-Speak. "I wanna free ride!"

3 posted on 04/26/2013 9:12:21 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: RBW in PA

If federal dollars are needed that badly for welding projects in local school districts, we’ve got problems. Its sheer insanity that our federal government is so bloated that it funds things like this. And its also sheer insanity that the “sequester”, which didn’t actually cut any spending, can bring a local project like this to a halt. Just like a heroin addict trying to get clean, these localities need to go cold turkey on the federal spending and only start projects that they can afford by their own means.


4 posted on 04/26/2013 9:39:59 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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I think this is nice but in other parts of the world it would be met with Federal scrutiny as a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as borderline between a bribe and a “facilitation payment”. A “facilitation payment” is an inducement to get a government official to do something he was supposed to do already.

The POS US continues to punish and hold hostage the people of the US.


5 posted on 04/26/2013 10:23:49 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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