Seneca Lake Gas storage developments

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Crestwood Equity Partners announced last week that although it is selling U.S. Salt in Watkins Glen to Kissner Group Holdings for $225 million, it is holding onto the right to store propane and natural gas in empty salt caverns nearby in the town of Reading on Seneca Lake’s shore.

A few days after that announcement — on Nov. 6 — Administrative Law Judge James McClymonds released his ruling in the company’s Department of Environmental Conservation permit application. His ruling states that opponents to the plan to store gas in the caverns have failed to raise any adjudicable issues, and their petitions for full party status are denied. This clears the path for state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel to continue processing the company’s permit application. The company has already received federal approval for the storage project.

“This project is completely unnecessary and would threaten the wine and tourism economy that Governor Cuomo has invested millions of dollars to support. The salt caverns were never designed to store this type of substance, and any breach would be catastrophic for the local communities and economy. We continue to urge Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Seggos to do the right thing for the Finger Lakes and deny this permit.” said Joseph Campbell, of Gas Free Seneca.