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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Seneca LPG project topic of forum

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  • A public forum, “Seneca in the Balance,” will be held Tuesday on the proposed LPG facility near Watkins Glen.
    The forum, set for 7-9 p.m. at the Watkins Glen High School Auditorium, will be presented by Gas Free Seneca, a coalition of concerned businesses and local residents that is opposing the project.
    The event is free and open to the public.
    According to a press release from Gas Free Seneca, the speakers will include:
    • Doug Hazlitt, co-owner of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards.
    • Steve Churchill, member of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors.
    • Paula Fitzsimmons, a Schuyler County physician’s assistant.
    • Dr. Richard Young, emeritus professor of geological science, SUNY Geneseo.
    • Dr. John Halfman, research scientist and water quality expert at the Finger Lakes Institute.
    • Moneen Nasmith, associate attorney at Earthjustice.
    Crestwood, known as Inergy prior to a corporate merger last year, is planning to use salt caverns beneath its U.S. Salt plant on Seneca Lake to store and distribute LPG, or propane and butane. The company also plans to expand its existing natural gas storage facility, formerly owned by NYSEG, at the site.
    The projects are under review by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, respectively.
    Opponents say the project brings environmental and safety risks, and will impact the wine and tourism industry on Seneca Lake.

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