Updated 05/15/2012 06:37 PM
DEC releases LPG storage study
It's been more than a year since a company proposed a plan to store liquid petroleum gas in salt caverns underneath Seneca Lake. Now the DEC has released a study, citing little risk in the plan. But as our Lara Greenberg tells us, opponents aren't buying it.
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SCHUYLER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Joe Campbell has been working for 13 months to put a stop to Inergy's plan.
"This is not the appropriate place for this facility. I think there are other places where they could build something like this, say far away from a major tourist destination," said Gas Free Seneca co-founder Joe Campbell.
Inergy Midstream wants to store liquid petroleum gas in salt caverns under Seneca Lake. In a study released by the DEC this week, Quest Consultants found the project would cause little risk to the public. Its most common hazards are fires and explosions, but found the risk of death outside the facility's boundaries are minimal, less than one in 10,000.
"It falls in line with what we normally see and due to the location and layout of the facility, the risk to the public is low," said senior engineer at Quest Consultants Jeff Marx.
But Campbell says the study was flawed from the start and that the DEC and Quest didn't include all the elements they were supposed to.
"Impacts to tourism, traffic impacts, visual impacts. Those are the qualitative issues," said Campbell.
But a spokesperson for Inergy says a qualitative study was completed under OSHA requirements.
In regards to the new study, they sent us a written statement which reads that they are "are committed to operating this facility with safety as the utmost priority."
But Campbell isn't buying it and says he's prepared to file a lawsuit if the project is approved.
"I think this is far from over," said Campbell.
The DEC will continue gathering information from Inergy to put together a final environmental impact study. It will be months until they decide on the project.