LPG Storage on Seneca Lake
The information comes from old studies which recently surfaced, and raises concerns about two caverns on Seneca Lake that are set to hold 2M barrels of gas.
The Local grassroots organization, Gas Free Seneca, is calling on the DEC to deny permits to Inergy-Midstream to store large amounts of liquid gas on Seneca Lake.
The report says one the of the caverns was abandonned years ago, after an engineer said a the roof collapsed after a minor earthquake.
And the other sits on a rock formation weakened by fault lines.
"As soon as someone from these folks that are trying to develop these facilities can give us a lock tight guarantee that no environmental harm to these beautiful lakes will come from this, we'd be much more open to to take at look at this," said Brad Phillips, the director of marketing at Hazlitt 1852 Vinyard.
Inergy-Midstrea issued a statement saying safety is their number one concern and they will work to protect the environment while creating jobs and making energy more affordable.
Opponents also have concerns about truck traffic and industry chasing tourists away.
"The wine industry is sort of the bread and butter of the local area and if any kind of environmental damage takes place to the Finger Lakes or Seneca Lake, it's going to be detrimental to what we've been working on for so long," said Justin Boyette the co-owner and a wine maker at Hector Wine Company.
So, Justin keeps a can for donations to Gas Free Seneca, on his counter.
He says they regularly donate to the organization for a lawyer so their voice can be heard, if it comes to that.