May 1, 2013 —
Superintendent John J. Donahue announced on April 29 that there is a plan in place to keep Milford Beach open for 2013. The closure had looked unavoidable until Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Tennessee Gas Company, created a proposal to donate the full $41,000 needed to pay for operations at Milford Beach this summer.
“This is a great example of good citizenship being demonstrated by a corporation that intends to be a good neighbor for many decades to come,” said Donahue. “It also shows how cooler heads can prevail by working together for a solution instead of searching for someone to blame.”
Governor Corbett’s Northeast Regional Office coordinated efforts between the company, Congressman Tom Marino’s office, the Pike County Commissioners and concerned citizens to find a workable solution. “We are extremely grateful for the assistance of the Governor’s office in this matter,” said the superintendent.
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company has been controversial in the region because of the seven-mile pipeline loop it created around Milford. Opponents urged that instead of the loop, the company use the existing right-of-way that runs through the Delaware Water Gap.