Angry Faces, Placid Water: Fracking, LPG Gas Storage, and Seneca Lake

LPG gas storage facility, hydrofracking, Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes

Inergy Corporation, though it has yet to receive a permit from the DEC, is going ahead with construction of its northeast regional LPG gas storage depot on the west shore of Seneca Lake. Photo by Bill Hecht

The oil and gas industry plans to build an enormous liquid petroleum gas storage and distribution depot in abandoned salt mines under Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen, one of New York’s most popular scenic tourist attractions. Part of the Marcellus Shale hydrofracking nightmare, this huge facility threatens the pure water of Seneca Lake with petroleum gas and salt pollution, would burn off excess gas with a towering flare stack, produce air pollution, and be a visual and noisy blight along this gorgeous lake. Worst of all would be the constant risk of gas explosions. Local resident, writer, and activist Elaine Mansfield eloquently presents this issue in her blog entry last week. She also reads it aloud in this short, illustrated video I shot in Smith Park along the shore of Seneca Lake. Learn more about this issue from the citizens group Gas Free Seneca.