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ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

OUT & ABOUT: Early November Saturday on the Seneca Lake Wine & Finger Lakes Beer Trail

It has become an annual tradition for a group of our friends to spend the first Saturday of November on one of the area’s wine trails. Early November is a great time to tour wineries and craft breweries in the Finger Lakes as the foliage is usually near peak and the weather is still generally comfortable. Last year, we enjoyed... more

Opponents, Crestwood both double-down on LPG storage under Seneca Lake

When Crestwood announced the sale of U.S. Salt to another firm, it appeared that their years-long effort to store LPG underneath Seneca Lake was coming to an end. While that proved not to be the case, Crestwood later announced that they would be maintaining their interest in the LPG storage business, continuing to seek what they classified as a viable... more

UPDATE: Crestwood sells U.S. Salt for $223M but will continue pursuing LPG storage under Seneca Lake

UPDATE In an update on Tuesday, Crestwood said in a press release that they would preserve the right to store natural gas and natural gas liquids through its ownership of Arlington Storage Co. LLC. The statement read in part, “Crestwood has preserved its rights to store natural gas and natural gas liquids through its ownership of Arlington Storage Co. LLC... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Schuyler County

In Schuyler County there is no bigger issue than the ongoing debate around Crestwood Midstream. The Houston-based energy company has been pursuing a development, which would allow them to store LPG beneath the surface of Seneca Lake in abandoned salt caverns. While the issue itself has been polarizing — economic development has taken a back seat. However, the other major... more

Residents, businesses call on Gov. Cuomo to halt Crestwood project

Residents are stepping up the fight against a plan to store millions of barrels of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in unlined abandoned salt caverns beneath the shores of Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. Nearly 500 local business owners, including leaders of the region’s winery and tourism industries, sent a letter to Governor... more

Crestwood ‘fire’ stirs debate as polarizing issue grips Schuyler Co.

What exactly happened at the Crestwood facility in Reading on Saturday? It’s not entirely clear. While FingerLakes1.com received a press release from an organization outlining the moments that played out around 7 pm, many have questioned the validity of the claims. The original story has been left, unedited, below. Calls to authorities in the area have gone unanswered, with exception... more

Short on customers, group calls for end of Seneca Lake LPG storage plan

After learning that Arlington Storage Company could not find customers for additional fracked gas storage at Seneca Lake, Gas Free Seneca, represented by environmental law firm Earthjustice, sent letters to the two agencies with jurisdiction over the facility, asking for official disapproval of Arlington’s proposed expansion. The grassroots group, representing more than 400 local businesses and thousands of residents, asked... more

OPPONENTS CLAIM VICTORY: Crestwood withdraws major component of storage plan

The controversial Gallery 2 Expansion Project will not be happening. Arlington Storage Co., an offshoot of Crestwood Midstream Partners has abandoned plans to expand natural gas storage in salt caverns along Seneca Lake. For the hundreds who had signs protesting the plan in their yards – it comes as a small victory, as they continue to fight the company’s plans... more

LETTER: Underage drinking still a problem in Schuyler Co.

To the Editor – As an employee of Schuyler County Public Health I am concerned about the underage drinking problem in Schuyler County. According to the most current data 47.6% of 7th through 12th grade students report using alcohol at some point in their life and 25.5% report using it in the past 30 days. Many young people in the... more

Inside the FLX: Laura Salamendra talks ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso sat down with community organizer, and ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ board member Laura Salamendra. The organization she helps oversee has staged a number of peaceful protests, which have resulted in over 600 civil disobedience arrests to-date. Beyond the issues, Salamendra is a compelling figure who works to keep people... more

Schuyler County Legislator Michael Lausell delivers letter to Gov. Cuomo urging him to reject ‘Crestwood’ project

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... more

Gas Free Seneca: LPG storage plan could cost FLX valuable resource, dollars if approved

Big investments from Gov. Cuomo in his proposed executive budget are a major reason for the region to take gas storage under Seneca Lake seriously. That was the message from Gas Free Seneca on Wednesday. The group issued the following statement in response to Gov. Cuomo’s proposed spending in the Finger Lakes: “Investing in Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes... more

Gas Free Seneca denied re-hearing request by FERC

On January 6th, 2017 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied a request for a re-hearing submitted by Gas Free Seneca on Crestwood’s underground natural gas storage expansion project in the salt caverns beneath the shores of Seneca Lake. Gas Free Seneca submitted the request in June 2016. Under New York law, Crestwood cannot proceed with construction of the project... more

Days after USA Today win FLX Table owner speaks out against Seneca Lake LPG project

Days after his restaurant was named the ‘Best New Restaurant‘ in the U.S., owner and chef Christopher Bates spoke out against the gas storage project, which had been a major headline around Seneca Lake for several years. His restaurant, which rose to national acclaim during the voting process serves wins from local wineries and vineyards throughout the Finger Lakes. These... more

Winemakers urge Cuomo to reject Seneca Lake gas storage facility

Winemakers from New York’s Finger Lakes are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject a proposed propane storage facility on the shores of Seneca Lake. The group spoke out against the project during a gathering with other opponents at the New York state Capitol in Albany this week. Read more from the Canandaigua Messenger more

Over 450 Lake Property Owners Oppose Crestwood’s Revised Gas Storage Plan

468 Seneca Lake Property Owners sent a public letter to Governor Cuomo today, calling on him to protect Seneca Lake from Crestwood’s dangerous gas storage plan, which would turn the Finger Lakes into a major hub for gas storage and transport, with 100 percent of the propane stored in the facility set to be exported out of New York State.... more

Crestwood protesters sentenced in Reading Town Court

On Wednesday, a handful of members from the We Are Seneca Lake group were sentenced in Reading Town Court related to protesting incidents at the Crestwood Facility in Schuyler County. The eight members all plead guilty to disorderly conduct. They were accused of blocking traffic on Route 14 near the facility. According to the Ithaca Journal and the Schuyler County... more
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