FERC Approves Natural Gas Storage Increase


READING--[WENY]--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a plan to increase the natural gas storage capacity at the Seneca Lake Storage Facility.

It is now up to the governor and the DEC to move forward or to stop the project.

The decision comes in spite of concerns about the safety and economic impacts of two projects proposed by subsidiaries of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream.

It calls for converting two abandoned interconnected salt caverns, which were formerly used for propane storage, to natural gas storage.

Some local residents and business owners, concerned about the risks and impacts associated with the industrialization of the region, and are calling on DEC to reject the permit application.