Tom Wyatt Quoted in WHYY
Tom Wyatt, who chairs Obermayer’s municipal infrastructure and services practice area, was recently interviewed by WHYY in connection with his client DELCORA. The article ”Delco leaders mull an appeal after judge upholds $276.5 million DELCORA deal,” by Kenny Cooper, published on January 10, 2021 analyzes Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Barry Dozor’s ruling to uphold the pending $276.5 million sale of sale of the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) to Aqua Pennsylvania, whose sales agreement was negotiated by Tom Wyatt and David Nasatir back in September, 2019.
Tom, who represents DELCORA said in an interview that the authority’s officials were “delighted” but not “surprised” by the judge’s order, adding that deal was not motivated by politics, but rather by the potential for future rising costs.
“Anyone who reads the order from Delaware County Court, whether you’re a lawyer or not, simply must conclude that the order is a complete repudiation of the county’s baseless claims and a complete victory for DELCORA customers.”
The DELCORA system includes retail, commercial and industrial customers and large wholesale agreements with municipal authorities in Delaware and Chester Counties. Its assets combine 168 miles of sewer mains, 14 miles of large-diameter force mains, and a 50-million gallon-per-day wastewater treatment plant that supply the western part of its service territory.
Tom Wyatt represents local governments and municipal authorities with infrastructure related matters, such as regulatory compliance, bulk sale and services contract negotiations and water and wastewater system purchases and sales. Tom’s close collaboration with municipal solicitor’s and significant practical experience as counsel to municipalities relating to a PUC application under Act 12 and relating to the PA DEP make him a trusted advisor in preparing witness testimonies and drafting water and wastewater planning documents. Beyond his municipal infrastructure and services practice, Tom represents individuals and corporations in business and finance, and corporate governance matters.