NY DEC Signals Support for Seneca Lake Propane Storage Project

A little good news coming from New York State for a change. The state’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has “quietly” given its support to the Crestwood Midstream plan to use a depleted salt cavern along the shores of Seneca Lake to be used as a propane storage facility. We’ve written about this before–about the very safe plan to use it in this manner, and about protesters like Sandra Steingraber who seem to enjoy trips to the county jail for blocking the facility, repeatedly (see Steingraber, 2 Others Sent to Jail for Refusing to Pay Fine). In February an “issues conference” was held before an administrative law judge where testimony was given by both sides–Crestwood Midstream and anti-drillers. The anti-drilling side is being funded by the odious Earthjustice and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The DEC has sent a brief (full copy below) saying, in essence, (a) those against the project haven’t proven this facility would bring about environmental Armageddon, as they say it would, (b) some of the loonies opposing it don’t even have standing to oppose it, and (c) no more hearings are required. The only continuing reservation we have, and the reason we’re not celebrating just yet, is that the person who will make the ultimate decision is the head of the DEC, the anti-drilling Joe Martens, a man deeply in the pocket of Big Green…

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