DEC will hold issues conference about gas storage near Seneca Lake

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced plans to hold a special conference regarding the proposal to construct and operate an underground facility for storage and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County.

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced Monday afternoon that the conference will be scheduled through DEC's Office of Hearings to determine if there are any significant and substantive issues that require an adjudicatory hearing.

Participation in the issues conference would involve DEC staff, the applicant, and any individual or group that has filed a petition for party status. The schedule for the issues conference, as well as the filing petitions for party status, will be set by an administrative law judge in the near future, according to the statement released by the DEC.

Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC, c/o Inergy Midstream LLC, has proposed to construct and operate a new underground LPG storage facility for the storage and distribution of propane and butane on a portion of a 576-acre site located on NYS Routes 14 and 14A west of Seneca Lake in the Town of Reading, north of Watkins Glen. The storage facility would use existing caverns in the Syracuse salt formation created by US Salt and its predecessors' salt production operations.

Monday’s statement concludes: “DEC will not grant a permit unless it can be demonstrated that the permit is in compliance with all legal requirements and that the proposed activity can be done safely in New York State.”