Save Seneca Lake from LPG Gas Storage!
This petition had 8,462 supporters
New York has banned fracking, but related infrastructure for transporting and storage of fracked gas continues to threaten our communities.
In the Finger Lakes region of New York, we are fighting plans to store dangerous, explosive liquefied petroleum gases (“LPG” – propane and butane) in abandoned salt caverns under the shores of Seneca Lake, near Watkins Glen, the heart of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.
The facility poses unacceptable risks of catastrophic accidents, injuries, air pollution, and contamination of Seneca Lake, which is the largest body of freshwater within New York State and the drinking water source for 100,000 people. It would also undermine the economy of the entire Finger Lakes, which is built on the region's beauty, tourism, and wineries. Transportation of the LPG via rail to the facility puts the 750,000 annual visitors in Watkins Glen State Park at risk.
Resolutions of opposition have been signed by thirty-one municipalities in the Finger Lakes region, representing over 1.2 million people. Over 350 businesses are part of the business coalition against the facility. Thousands of comments have been sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) through the regulatory process. Gas Free Seneca, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Seneca Lake communities, Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition and two Schuyler County legislators presented expert testimony about the instability of the geologic caverns, risk assessment, hydrology, and impacts on noise, community character, and economic development.
The completeness of the permit application is currently under review by an administrative law judge. When he decides that there are no further issues to be resolved, a decision that may be made any day, the decision rests with the NYSDEC Commissioner.
We wish to make it clear to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that New York should not take risks with LPG storage any more than it did with fracking.
Please add your voice to our strong opposition by signing our petition. To safeguard our health, drinking water, and the economic vitality of the Finger Lakes, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation must deny Crestwood's proposed permit to store LPG at Seneca Lake.
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