Finger Lakes Climate March

Walk in the Park episode 121: featuring Sandra Steingraber, Barbara Lifton, Mike Lausell, and Martha Robertson at the Finger Lakes March for Global Climate Action at Seneca Harbor Park in Watkins Glen, NY. on November 29, 2015.

Watch it here online anytime, anywhere, or on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., and on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

This week, world leaders are gathering in Paris to complete a new global climate agreement – an extraordinary opportunity for the international community to meet the threat of climate change. Meanwhile, groups all around the world have been staging events insisting that their governments take this seriously and come out with a strong global treaty. Including right here in the Finger Lakes.
On Sunday, the group We Are Seneca Lake hosted the Finger Lakes March for Global Climate Action. They included local issues, especially Crestwood Midstream Corporation’s project to store liquified petroleum gas in old salt caverns at Seneca Lake, a threat to public safety and to the water quality of Seneca Lake, largest of the Finger Lakes. After speeches at Seneca Harbor Park, the hundreds of participants marched peacefully to the Main Entrance of Watkins Glen State Park for more speakers, before returning to Seneca Harbor Park.
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Find out more about issues raised in this episode from Gas Free Seneca and We Are Seneca Lake.

“We Are Seneca Lake!”

This week’s new episode (#94) of Walk in the Park on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable television (channels 13 & 97.3) looks at a protest to protect Seneca Lake and the region near Watkins Glen from a huge project being built by Crestwood Corp. from Texas to store liquified propane gas and methane (probably from hydrofracking) in salt mine caverns under and around the lake. Area residents have been opposing this project for years, but it moves ahead anyway.

In this show, protestors calling themselves, “We Are Seneca Lake,” gathered at the Crestwood plant entrance last October 24 and spoke out about the dangers to Seneca Lake and its value as a drinking water supply, damage to the tourism and wine industries, and grave threats to public health and safety posed by this project. Since the fall, We Are Seneca Lake participants have engaged in a non-violent civil disobedience campaign to block trucks from entering or leaving the plant and to make it very clear that they are determined to stop this project. For much more information about this issue, see Gas Free Seneca.

This episode will be shown on Ithaca cable TV at 9:00 tonight (Thursday, January 8, 2015), on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM each day, and finally next Tuesday, January 13, at 8 PM.

Or you can watch it right here anytime!

Watch another episode of Walk in the Park about a rally and march addressing this issue in Watkins Glen in 2012.

See the full schedule of public access (“PEGASYS”) shows on Ithaca’s cable channels 13 and 97.3.