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Opponents of a liquid propane gas facility near Seneca Lake say that the company behind the project is misrepresenting its support.

Crestwood Midstream from Texas wants to expand the facility to store propane gas in the underground salt caverns.

Opponents argue it’s a risk to the water supply and the environment.

A Crestwood press release claimed a broad base of support for the gas project - including a wine producer named Munroe Vineyards.

But WXXI News has learned that Munroe Vineyards is not a winery - but a trucking company that hauls propane.

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For the first time since the 1970s, New York State will issue permits for new liquefied natural gas storage facilities. The new regulations will require a permit for every new facility, with each one capped at 70,000 gallons.

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Both sides in the long-running battle over a proposed gas storage facility next to Seneca Lake are looking to move on to the next stage.

Houston-based Crestwood Midstream has submitted a construction plan to federal regulators. The company says they are waiting on approval of the construction plan from federal regulators before beginning work.

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it will hold an issues conference this fall to hear concerns from both sides before signing off on the project.

A number of protestors were arrested for blockading the entrance to a natural gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes region early Monday.

Cornell students, local residents and biologist and author Sandra Steingraber, were arrested for trespassing after preventing workers from entering the Inergy facility on Route 14.

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Bill Moler, the president of the Inergy subsidiary that aims to store 2.1 million gallons of propane in salt caverns next to Seneca Lake, faced a tough crowd on Tuesday night.

He attended a Department of Conservation-organized public hearing in Watkins Glen, and was tasked with trying to persuade the crowd that the project would go largely unnoticed - and would yield lower propane prices in the region.

But that wasn't a convincing argument to those who came to voice their opposition. Hundreds of local residents turned out, and many expressed fears the project would industrialize a region that depends on tourism.

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