The state DEC ruled Thursday against Crestwood Midstream Partners proposed plan to store propane gas in caverns on Seneca Lake’s western shore in the town of Reading.
Basil Seggos, the state’s environmental conservation commissioner, issued a 30-page ruling denying the request from the Crestwood subsidiary, which was looking to store up to 1.5 million barrels of liquefied propane in underground caverns near Watkins Glen. In his ruling, Seggos said the project “is not permittable” because it could alter the character of the Finger Lakes community.
Joseph Campbell, President of Seneca Lake Guardian, says after 8 long years fighting this project, it’s nice to get a resolution.
Campbell believes coupled with the overwhelming opposition to the project, the end for Crestwood’s plan might have come after they asked the state agency in May to delay a final decision on the storage unit application until well pressure tests determine the site’s suitability as a gas storage unit.