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Charges Won’t Be Dropped for 84 Crestwood Protesters

Protesters in front of the Crestwood gas storage facility/Photo courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake
Protesters in front of the Crestwood gas storage facility/Photo courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake
Schuyler DA Joseph Fazzary said to rescind his support for dismissal of trespassing charges

By Ray Finger, Star Gazette

The Schuyler County district attorney has decided not to dismiss trespass charges against 84 protestors arrested at the gates of Crestwood Midstream Partners, We Are Seneca Lake said Thursday.

Those protesters were part of a civil disobedience campaign organized by We Are Seneca Lake in opposition to plans by Crestwood to expand natural gas storage and add liquefied petroleum gas storage on the lake’s western shore. Continue reading Charges Won’t Be Dropped for 84 Crestwood Protesters

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Judge Tosses Charges for 42 Protestors in Seneca Lake Gas Fight

Photo courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake

By Jeff Stein, The Ithaca Voice

A judge in the town of Reading dismissed charges Wednesday night for 42 people arrested during ongoing acts of civil disobedience at the gates of a proposed natural gas expansion in Schuyler County.

Twelve of of the protesters who saw their charges dropped are from Tompkins County. Continue reading Judge Tosses Charges for 42 Protestors in Seneca Lake Gas Fight

Attorneys for NY Regulatory Agency a Little Too Cozy with Crestwood?

Photo courtesy of Gas Free Seneca
Photo courtesy of Gas Free Seneca

Photo: From left, New York DEC attorneys Jennifer Maglienti and Larry Weintraub; Crestwood attorney Robert Alessi on right.

Via Gas Free Seneca:

On February 12th and 13th, an Issues Conference was held in front of an Adjudicatory Law Judge regarding the storage of gas in unlined depleted salt caverns along Seneca Lake. Jennifer Maglienti, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Program Counsel to the Division of Mineral Resources, not only aggressively sided with Industry on every issue, she and other DEC counsel collaborated with Crestwood attorneys throughout the entire proceedings. They were observed whispering, passing notes back and forth during oral arguments, and communicating with each other for the duration of the Issues Conference. Continue reading Attorneys for NY Regulatory Agency a Little Too Cozy with Crestwood?

Seneca Lake Uprising Continues

By Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch

[Editor’s note: Since the We Are Seneca Lake campaign began on Oct. 23, 2104, there have been 216 arrests, with six of those arrests yesterday. The campaign is working to protect Seneca Lake and the surrounding Finger Lakes region from the gas storage expansion project by Texas-based energy company, Crestwood Midstream. Crestwood’s intention is to repurpose the crumbling salt mines underneath Seneca Lake’s hillside into massive gas tanks for highly-pressurized products from fracking: methane, propane and butane.]

I told the guy at the wilderness outfitter store that I needed footwear appropriate for standing motionless in frigid temperatures with occasional bouts of below-zero wind chill. For possibly long periods of time.

He asked if I was going ice fishing.

There are no guidebooks for how to carry out a sustained civil disobedience campaign during winter—let alone one that involves human blockades that intercept trucks attempting to enter a compressor station site on a steeply sloping lakeshore with 18 inches of snowpack. Continue reading Seneca Lake Uprising Continues

Pressure Mounts to Halt Storage Permit Near Seneca Lake

A march in downtown Geneva Saturday called for a halt to a proposal seeking to permit liquid propane gas storage in former salt mines along Seneca Lake.   COURTESY OF WE ARE SENECA LAKE TOO FACEBOOK PAGEA march in downtown Geneva Saturday called for a halt to a proposal seeking to permit liquid propane gas storage in former salt mines along Seneca Lake. Courtesy of We Are Seneca Lake Too.

By Julie Sherwood, Irondequoit

As the state moves into what could be the final stage in permitting liquid propane gas storage in former salt mines along Seneca Lake, those against the plan are stepping up efforts to stop it.

Next week the state Department of Environmental Conservation holds an “issues conference,” which determines if the DEC will pursue further investigation of citizens’ concerns on the proposal’s environment effects.

“This is the endgame,” said Doug Couchon, a key organizer of the “We Are Seneca Lake” group opposed to the plan. Couchon, who lives in Elmira, was a speaker at a rally Saturday in Geneva dubbed We Are Seneca Lake, Too. Continue reading Pressure Mounts to Halt Storage Permit Near Seneca Lake

10 protesters arrested at Crestwood gates

By Jeff Stein, Ithaca Voice

Ithaca, N.Y. — Ten people, including two from Tompkins County, were arrested in the ongoing protests at the gates of the Crestwood natural gas facility in acts of civil disobedience on Wednesday.

One of those arrested — Jim Connor, of Schuyler County — is 83 years old.

The total number of arrests since demonstrations began this fall is now 210, according to We Are Seneca Lake, the group mobilizing opposition to the expansion of the natural gas facility. Continue reading 10 protesters arrested at Crestwood gates

Geologist Says Feds Made “Incredible Error” Ignoring Huge N.Y. Salt Cavern Roof Collapse

The salt and storage wells of the Watkins Glen brine field lie 2,000 feet below the network of small roads just north of the US Salt plant on Seneca Lake in New York. The Village of Watkins Glen is just outside the picture to the south.

By Peter Mantius, DC Bureau

In the 1960s, a 400,000-ton block of rock fell from the roof of an old salt cavern in the Finger Lakes region of New York — a cavity that new owners now want to reopen and use to store highly pressurized natural gas.

The Midwestern energy company that seeks a federal permit for the storage project has denied knowing the roof failure ever happened. And the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is poised to rule on the company’s permit application, has never publicly acknowledged the event.

But a Houston geologist hired by lawyers for opponents of the project characterized the omission by Arlington Storage Co. and FERC as “an incredible error” that heightens safety concerns about the project next to Seneca Lake, less than three miles from the Village of Watkins Glen, population 1,860. Continue reading Geologist Says Feds Made “Incredible Error” Ignoring Huge N.Y. Salt Cavern Roof Collapse