Now that our governor has made the bold decision to ban horizontal fracking in New York, we must remain vigilant in researching and questioning the safety of other elements of fracking infrastructure, such as storage of gas, treatment of fracking waste, pipelines, oil trains, etc.
Of particular urgency in our region is Crestwood Midstream’s plan to turn depleted salt mines along Seneca Lake, two miles north of Watkins Glen, into a major propane, butane and natural gas storage hub for the northeast. Such heavy industrialization is not only incompatible with the existing wine and tourism industries, but is foolhardy: salt mines are historically the most dangerous places to store gases.
This storage facility is proceeding despite broad public opposition and unresolved questions about geological instabilities, public health and safety. Frequent protests are being held outside the facility. Read more at http://www.wearesenecalake.com/ and http://gasfreeseneca.com/.