On Monday, Schuyler County Legislator Michael Lausell hand-delivered a letter to Governor Cuomo, urging him to reject a proposed dangerous gas storage facility in Upstate New York. This delivery is on the heels of another letter Lausell sent to all Schuyler County elected town and village board members and the Schuyler County community, highlighting his concerns with the project, and urging them to join the 32 other municipalities representing 1.2 million New Yorkers, and not give in to recent pressure from Texas-based Crestwood to pass resolutions in support of dangerous gas storage.
Lausell’s letter to Governor Cuomo highlights a Schuyler County Legislature resolution that states the “Legislature considers the safety and wellbeing of its residents and visitors, preservation of natural resources, and the economic impact of tourism related industry and activities to be among its highest priorities.”
He writes, “In truth, the Schuyler County Legislature has chosen to completely ignore the dangers of the project, and the responsibility of elected officials at both the local and state levels to protect the integrity of the region and the safety of New Yorkers.”
The risks of Crestwood’s gas storage plan far outweigh any benefit it would bring to Schuyler County. Lausell points out that it would create a mere three to five jobs, paling in comparison to the wine and tourism industries, which foster $37.5 million in traveler spending and $15.3 million in employment income in Schuyler County alone. Local wineries, vineyard owners and businesses oppose the project, as it stands to create serious safety risks that could result in environmental catastrophe.
“I know that the safety and wellbeing of the Schuyler County community and the New York economy at large is much more important to Governor Cuomo than profits of a Texas-based company seeking to store liquefied petroleum gas under Seneca Lake. That is why I hand-delivered this letter to him today. I trust Governor Cuomo will exhibit his leadership by siding with his constituents, not the oil and gas industry,” said Schuyler County Legislator Michael Lausell.
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