Wednesday, May 10, 2017

(NY) Crestwood WITHDRAWS FERC application for expansion project at Seneca Lake


Crestwood subsidiary Arlington Storage Company has withdrawn their application for the "Gallery 2 expansion" project (Docket No. CP13-83) and authorized by FERC May 15, 2014.

This facility has been the subject of massive and sustained civil disobedience action, beginning in 2012  and with the development of We Are Seneca Lake, saw over 600 arrests.


1) There is existing gas storage at this facility which will continue to operate.

2) This was the much smaller expansion of two proposed projects

3) The much larger 88.1M gal LPG facility permit is currently tied up in the NY regulatory process. An issues conference held Feb 2015 was supposed to be decided by June 2015. Two years later there is still no decision. There is even a question whether NYS DEC *can* issue the permit lacking a State Geologist.

Here's a link to the withdrawal notice:

Please see Gas Free Seneca​ and We Are Seneca Lake​ on the web or social media for more info.


Crestwood drops Seneca Lake natural gas storage plans


Arlington Storage Co., a subsidiary of Crestwood Midstream Partners, is abandoning controversial plans to expand natural gas storage in salt caverns along Seneca Lake.

Opponents of the plan are hailing the decision as a major victory, but Crestwood still plans to move ahead with liquid propane gas (LPG) storage in salt caverns.

"Despite its best efforts, Arlington has not been successful in securing long-term contractual commitments from customers that would support completion of the Gallery 2 Expansion Project," Arlington wrote in a compliance report filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "Accordingly, Arlington has discontinued efforts to complete the Gallery 2 Expansion Project."

Numerous municipalities have gone on record opposing Crestwood's gas storage plans, and hundreds of residents have gone to court to face trespassing and other charges after protests outside Crestwood's facility in the Schuyler County Town of Reading.

Many of those charges have been dismissed for lack of evidence.

A group representing New York winemakers also has spoken out against Crestwood's natural gas plans.

"This is a tremendous victory for the people of the region who have fought for years to protect Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes from industrialized gas storage," said Yvonne Taylor, vice president of Gas Free Seneca. "This ill-conceived plan has cast a shadow on the region's burgeoning tourist industry from the start, and today we celebrate our victory against Goliath." 

Gas Free Seneca also plans to ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to rescind its approval of Crestwood's LPG storage project.

"Crestwood should see the writing on the wall where 32 municipalities across the Finger Lakes region, representing 1.2 million residents, are on record opposing gas storage on Seneca Lake, and they should withdraw their applications to store LPG in these unsafe salt caverns as well," said Gas Free Seneca President Joseph Campbell. "They are clearly not wanted here."

Crestwood officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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