liquid natural gas

Finger Lakes say 'no' to storing natural gas liquids

Aug 1, 2014
Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

Winery owners are stepping up their pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject a proposal to store natural gas liquids in the salt caverns along scenic Seneca Lake.

A small but passionate group of career vineyard farmers and winery owners had one united message to deliver to Albany Wednesday.

“We demand that Governor Cuomo do the right thing and deny all these permits for gas storage on the west side of Seneca Lake,” says Doug Hazlet, a Seneca Lake vineyard owner.

Protestors standing outdoors in autumn with homemade signs
Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

Before Wednesday’s public hearing even got underway, opponents of the DEC’s proposed regulations for the storage of Liquid Natural Gas held a rally at Tricentennial Park demanding the new rules be scrapped. Many cited a 1973 explosion of a liquid natural gas storage facility on Staten Island which led to a state- wide moratorium.