Advertisement. Advertise with us

VP To Crowd: XNG

Intends To Continue

Informational Meeting Turns Stormy

As Attendees Object To Truck Traffic

“You’re ruining people’s lilves,” Dan Rowley of Hartwick told XNG Vice President Matt Smith at an informational hearing on the “virtual pipeline” this evening at Milford Central School. (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special to

Hartwick’s John Niedzialkowski, who lives on Route 205, asked why XNG trucks can’t be routed on four-lane highways instead of local roads.
XNG’s Matt Smith addresses the audience.

MILFORD – In an open forum intended to educate the general public, XNG co-founder and Vice President Matt Smith faced an angry general public that wanted nothing to do with the cavalcade of trucks the company is sending across Otsego County daily.

“This is just a waste of my time,” said Hartwick resident Dan Rowley, one of several residents unable to get their questions answered as the gathering in the Milford Central School auditorium.

Smith gave no indication that XNG plans to slow down truck traffic, perhaps as many as 80 trucks daily, through Otsego County between Oneonta and Richfield Springs on Routes 205, 80 and 28.  They carry fracked natural gas from Northeastern Pennsylvania to a company plant outside Little Falls, where it is injected into the Iroquois Pipeline that serves southern New England and Long Island.

Smith was joined on a panel by Justin Zimmerman and Tony Signorelli of the state Department of Transportation, State Police Sgt. Rob Kidder and county Emergency Services Director Art Klingler.

With one truck having toppled off Route 205 Sept. 12 in the Town of Otsego, Smith opened by outlining safety precautions XNG follows to ensure the safety of drivers and other people on the roads. “XNG tracks and monitors every single truck at all times,” he said. “All of our vehicles are inspected three times a day.”

But his description did little to satisfy the crowd.  “I came here to ask questions, not hear a bunch of blow-hards,” said Rowley. “I moved here for quality of life, and now I’ve got 80 trucks passing by my house every day,” said Rowley.

Smith said XNG has gone further than it normally does to accommodate Otsego County people along the route.  “We talked with the communities at the beginning and end of our route,” he said.  “But we don’t typically consult with communities in between on our routes.”

The other members of the panel came to the defense of XNG, citing their past interactions with the company and its compliance with regulations.

“The ratings that this company has received through our inspections, the violations they have received are very negligible or none at all,” said Sergeant Kidder, who oversees commercial vehicle traffic on Interstates in the state. “From XNG’s standpoint, they have always been very cooperative with us. We have had no issues with them.”

“There is an alternative route away from state roads, for you to get your trucks from Montrose to Little Falls,” said John Niedzialkowski of Hartwick. “It’s Interstate 81 to I-90.” This route would keep XNG trucks on Interstates, but would cost more for the corporation as this route is marginally longer and adds the expense of tolls. “Is there that much more of an expense to run 81 to 90 as opposed to 205 to 28?”

After the forum, Smith said, “I think that we always want to listen to our communities, but there are some basic economics that drive the route choices that we make. For the current customer at this current time, this is going to be our primary route.”


1 Comment

  1. Frackinggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg materials should also be banned in NY
    State and this was the ruse all along folks, they always only intended to use NY for transporting this crap… pipelines , roads, rail… we are fracked!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

SCOLINOS: It’s All We Need To Know: Home Plate 17 Inches Wide

COLUMN VIEW FROM THE GAME It’s All We Need To Know: Home Plate 17 Inches Wide Editor’s Note:  Tim Mead, incoming Baseball Hall of Fame president, cited John Scolinos, baseball coach at his alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona, as a lifelong inspiration, particularly Scolinos’ famous speech “17 Inches.” Chris Sperry, who published, heard Scolinos deliver a version in 1996 at the American Baseball Coaches Association in Nashville, and wrote this reminiscence in 1916 in his “Baseball Thoughts” column. By CHRIS SPERRY • from In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching…

Sports Can Resume, Superintendents Told

CLICK HERE FOR MEMO TO SCHOOLS Sports Can Resume, Superintendents Told COOPERSTOWN – In a memo released Friday evening, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond advised local school superintendents that sports can resume as early as Monday. “Effective Feb. 1, participants in higher-risk sports may participate in individual or distanced group training and organized no/low-contact group training,” Bond wrote, “…including competitions and tournaments, if permitted by local health authorities.”…

Piper Seamon Scores 1,000th point

1,000 THANKS! Piper Seamon 5th CCS Girl To Hit High Mark The Cooperstown Central student section erupts as Piper Seamon scores her 1,000th career point in the Hawkeyes’ 57-39 win over Waterville at home last evening. Seamon becomes the fifth girl and only the 14th player in school history overall to score 1,000 points.  Inset at right, Pipershares a hug with teammate Meagan Schuermann after the game was stopped to acknowledge her achievement. Seamon will play basketball next year at Hamilton College. (Cheryl Clough/  …