A plan to store natural gas under Seneca Lake

A plan is afoot to store natural gas in salt caverns beneath Seneca Lake, one of the world’s beauty spots, an important location for the New York wine industry and a source of fresh water for 100,000 people.

Although Gov. Andrew Cuoma has suspended hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York state, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authority to allow fracked gas to be brought in for storage from Pennsylvania and other states.

Filmmaker Josh Fox and author and activist Sandra Steingraber report in the video above how the natural gas industry intends to make New York’s Finger Lakes a storage and transportation hub for gas throughout the Northeast.

They argue that this creates danger of not just of a gas explosion, but even of the collapse of the lake bottom.


Video of the Week: We Are Seneca Lake – A Call to Action from Josh Fox and Sandra Steingraber from Josh Fox’s Gasland blog.  (Hat tip to Bill Harvey)

We Are Seneca Lake: Josh Fox & Fracking Opponents Fight Natural Gas Storage Site in Upstate NY on Democracy Now! (Hat tip to Bill Harvey)

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2 Responses to “A plan to store natural gas under Seneca Lake”

  1. cartoonmick Says:

    There is much argument for and against fracking, some of it is based on fact and some on emotions.

    It is wise to have a good fracking knowledge before getting involved in a fracking debate.

    This cartoon shows how to do that . . . .




  2. Anne Tanner Says:

    Don’t I remember, from my earlier years in New York, that Seneca Lake is the deepest of the Finger Lakes? How then does it make any sense to use it in this way? Mind you, I don’t think it makes any sense to do fracking, but I’m asking this apart from that opinion.


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