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Fingerlakes Winemakers Protest Propane Storage Facility

 
Posted Wednesday, July 30th 2014 @ 1pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Finger Lakes winemakers and other business owners are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for a proposed propane storage facility in a former salt mine along Seneca Lake.

 

Opponents of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream's facility say it would endanger one of the state's largest supplies of drinking water, the local economy, and the region's wine and tourism industry.

 

The project, proposed in 2009, has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission but is awaiting permits from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

 

The Schuyler County Legislature passed a resolution in June calling for state approval of the project, saying the salt caverns have been used for natural gas and propane storage for decades without incident.

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