We are a group of concerned citizens and business owners who have joined together to stop a proposed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial storage facility and a methane expansion facility, with plans to store methane, propane, and butane in unlined, depleted salt caverns that were never engineered to store anything, on the shores of Seneca Lake.  These projects present innumerable risks to our safety, our water , way of life, and our livelihoods. Please join us!

 

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Crestwood, a Houston energy company, is trying to industrialize Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes by proposing a massive project to store liquefied petroleum gases in unlined salt caverns under Seneca Lake.  This project presents geological problems, can affect Seneca Lake water quality, presents health risks, is a threat to our winery and tourist economy, as well as being an infrastructure project that could negatively impact climate change.

There are a lot of resources on this website. So look around.  Some suggestions:

  • Watch the January 2015 update on the Donate page
  • Watch portions of the Seneca in the Balance event on the Events page.  You can see noted professionals and business owners in the field of geology, health, tourism, agriculture, winery, biology and politics examine the problems of this project.
  •  For the latest. go to our Facebook page
  • Under Resources you’ll find a lot of information including videos, expert testimony, articles,  and DEC documents

 

Look around and you’ll find a lot of information here.

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We are now preparing for a DEC Issues Conference, Feb. 12, 2015.

While Earthjustice is providing pro-bono legal work, we will be utilizing several expert witnesses.  Expert witnesses are expensive, and the studies they perform are expensive.  You can watch a video with an update on this on our donate page.

Please consider donating to support our work.  You can donate online or you can send us a check.  Information is on the donate page


 

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Dear Friends, we have some exciting news regarding Gas Free Seneca's battle to keep Crestwood out of the Finger Lakes!

THE GREAT NEWS:
The Administrative Law Judge responsible for the Issues Conference that was held this past February is permitting us to supplement the record by replying to affidavits that were submitted by the DEC and Crestwood AFTER the filing deadline. This means that our experts get the opportunity to review the affidavits and respond to them, thus further supplementing the record, which is to our advantage should we need to appeal.

THE CHALLENGE:
This means that we need to pay our experts for their review and response, which is an additional unexpected cost above and beyond the already anticipated future legal proceedings, and our deadline for funding this new development is September 21st - only a few weeks away.

OUR APPEAL:
Thanks to this amaziing community, Gas Free Seneca is already 25% of the way to reaching the challenge for the $10,000.00 and the $5,000.00 matching grants, but that means we have a long way to go so your generosity is more important than ever. Please reach deep and help us with this critical fund raising effort. If you have already donated since we first announced the challenge July 15th, our gratitude is as deep as Seneca Lake. The matching grant challenge runs through the end of our fundraiser on Thursday, September 24th.
Make a donation in any amount, and one anonymous donor will match it, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. Make a donation of $100 or more, and effectively triple your donation, as a second donor will match your donation up to $5,000. Please make your tax-deductible donation online here: gasfreeseneca.com/?page_id=40

Or By Mail to:

Gas Free Seneca PO Box 333 Watkins Glen NY 14891

Please make checks payable to:

"Sustainable Markets Foundation" with "Gas Free Seneca" in the memo line.

FACTS TO CONSIDER:
Without Gas Free Seneca's constant communication and pleasant persistence with Earthjustice, we would not have acquired pro bono legal representation from this premier environmental firm, which has provided this community with pro bono legal services for 2 years. Without them,we would have been dead in the water. Can you imagine the legal fees, had we not been able to obtain their help? Even with their representation, our expenses related to fighting gas storage over the past 5 years are $202,245.00. These funds have gone directly into educating the public, traveling and meeting with decision makers in Albany and Washington, and paying independent experts from around the country to provide the research that Governor Cuomo absolutely needs to build a case for denial of gas storage permits. All of this funding came from the generous support of people, like you, in our community. We cannot stop now: let's work together to stop this once and for all.

LET'S CELEBRATE!

Don't forget to come celebrate the community's success of keeping Seneca Gas Free for 5 years on September 24th, at Hazlitt's 1852 Vineyards in Hector, from 5:30-9:00 pm! For more details, please go to: www.facebook.com/events/1063352163693460/
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