The Schuyler County Legislature Monday night renewed its support for Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage plan in the Town of Reading.
The 6 to 2 vote came after modifications to the plan, recommended by the county legislature, were accepted by Crestwood.
Crestwood agreed to reduce propane storage capacity from 2.1 to 1.5-million barrels and elIminate the storage of butane.
They’d eliminate the proposed brine pond on the lakeside of Route 14.
Crestwood would now only ship propane by pipeline and eliminate transporting it by truck or rail.
They would also provide resources to support community initiatives to monitor and improve Seneca Lake water quality.
Still a number of residents at the meeting don’t want the propane stored on the side of Seneca Lake.
One county resident told the lawmakers, “So why are we opening the door to allowing a Superfund disaster in 50 years from now. None of you will be here.”
The Vice President of Gas Free Seneca, Yvonne Taylor, said, “There are still some very significant issues that they are not aware of in terms of cavern integrity and the salinity of the lake that they were not witness to at the issues conference that was held because they did not sign a confidentiality agreement like we did.”
However the Vice President of Crestwood Midstream said the gas storage project has met all the environmental concerns.
Bill Gautreaux said, “Any petition against this project that’s been brought to the DEC has been refuted. There has been no scientific basis to oppose the project.”
Schuyler County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan said, “If you read those reports you wouldn’t have any questions in your mind as to the safety of this project.”
Legislators Michael Lausell and Van Harp voted against the resolution of support.
There’s still no word on when a final decision from the state will be made on the project.