Two village trustees abstained Monday night when the Watkins Glen Village Board voted on Crestwood's plan to store LP gas in depleted salt caverns north of the village in the town of Reading. The vote was 3-0 against the plan with Mayor Mark Swinnerton casting the deciding vote.
Trustee Paul Clifford, who opposes the project, abstained from the vote to, in his words, avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest since he works for Cargill salt. Tony Fraboni, the other trustee that abstained, didn't think the village board's decision would have an effect either way on the state's final decision on the project.
Those voting in favor of opposing the plan cited the tourism economy was more important than eight to 10 jobs being created, along with the increase in truck traffic that would result if the state did approve of the gas storage.