Bans, Moratoria & Resolutions - as of February 22, 2014

Compiled by Joe Hoff, Chairman of Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking (a member of the Coalition to Protect New York).

Please download the file, below, for the latest list of 'Bans, Moratoria and Resolutions'
Here's the cover note from Joe:

Dear Colleague,

A battle rages in the normally tranquil winter of the Finger Lakes. Colleagues throughout western New York State have united in strong opposition to the transport and storage of liquefied petroleum gas in the depleted salt caverns surrounding Seneca, the largest of the Finger Lakes.

Hanging in the balance is not just the health, welfare and safety of Seneca’s citizens and visitors… not just the economic well-being of this storied tourism and farming region (that has drawn visitors for well over a hundred years)… not just a way of life… but life itself. The formation of a coalition of purposeful, well-researched residents and over 190 business interests has gotten the attention of legislators and responsible citizens throughout the country. Prominent initiatives have recently unfolded including…

A letter addressed directly to Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Joe Martens from four New York Senators who write…

As Senators representing New Yorkers, we urge you and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to deny the applications for permits by Crestwood Midstream and its subsidiaries to store Liquefied Petroleum Gas and expand Natural Gas storage in the depleted salt caverns along Seneca Lake… Through your local, economic development councils, you have supported a ground-up, community-based regional economic development strategy. This strategy is clearly working for businesses around Seneca Lake and throughout the Finger Lakes region. We stand behind your vision, and encourage you to continue to promote and preserve the sustainable, cooperative growth occurring in the heart of the Finger Lakes. As such, we strongly urge your DEC to deny permits to Crestwood Midstream and its subsidiaries: Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC and Arlington Storage Company, LCC for their proposed storage projects in the Town of Reading, in Schuyler County, New York.

The Town Council of Geneva passed a resolution unanimously calling for the DEC to deny permits for the gas storage/transport facilities. This resolution has been sent to both Governor Cuomo and the DEC. The city of Geneva is the most densely populated city around Seneca Lake. The resolution states...

Whereas Seneca Lake provides drinking water to over 100,000 people, including people of Geneva, and is the most important natural resource in the area; and whereas this project poses unacceptable risks of pollution to Seneca Lake and the surrounding land and air and of uncontrollable fires and explosions in the event of an accident, and will industrialize the region and thereby damage the long-standing growing agriculture wine and tourist industries that form the back bone of the region, Now Therefore, it is resolved that the Town Board of the Town of Geneva is in unanimous opposition to this project and urges the Department of Environmental Conservation and other agencies having jurisdiction over it to deny approval and protect the people and other inhabitants of this area, and the environment, from it.

Our colleagues at Gas Free Seneca and Seneca Pure Waters who represent the best interests of all New Yorkers welcome your awareness and support. “Seneca in the Balance,” a public forum, will be held March 11, 2014 from 7-9 P.M. at Watkins Glen HS.
Best regards,
Joe Hoff, Chairman Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking

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