Crestwood LLC is one step closer to storing liquid petroleum gas in salt caverns near Seneca Lake in the town of Reading following a ruling on the process to be followed for permitting storage was handed down earlier this month by DEC Chief Admnistrative Judge James McClymonds.
The judge ruled, with one exception, that no evidentiary hearing was required on the issues raised by the groups Gas Free Seneca, Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition, the Seneca Lake Communities, or Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association. The record is held open on the question whether there were reasonable alternatives to the project, and asked the applicant to confirm whether it owned or had options on salt caverns within 30 miles of Seneca Lake.
Gas Free Seneca plans to file an appeal to the DEC Commissioner, who has the ability to adopt, modify or reject the Judge’s ruling in whole or in part.
A link to the ruling can be found here.