Yvonne Taylor lives across Seneca Lake from an old U.S. Salt plant. During the day, the only sounds she hears at her woodsy home, about a hundred yards from the lake's edge, are birds, and the waves lapping against her dock.
But the purchase of the plant in 2008 by gas company Inergy has Taylor worried that a painful transformation could be in the works.
Taylor is a co-founder of a group called Gas Free Seneca, which is mobilizing to block Inergy's plans to store liquefied propane, or LPG, in U.S. Salt's old mines.
"People don't come to this region for the truck traffic, the brine ponds and the flare stacks," Taylor warns. "It's just not going to work - they can't coexist."