Schuyler County Council supports Crestwood expansion

It was an 11-0 vote that will surely raise some criticism in the coming weeks

The Schuyler County Council of Government supported Crestwood Midstream’s expansion plan, citing job growth and the project being an overall economic boom. Crestwood has put forward official plans to store liquid propane on 576-acres of property.

A resolution was put forward to support the Crestwood project. That resolution, which was similar to one passed in 2014 received an 11-0 vote in the 16 member board.

Crestwood had previously applied to the Department of Environmental Conservation for permission to move forward with this plan in 2009 with a draft permit being issued five years later in 2014.

A final decision has not been issued. DEC Administrative Law Judge James McClymonds will be making that decision. An exact date is unclear on when that decision could be made.

The resolution, which was passed at November’s meeting included support of DEC processes that say it’s safe to store gas in those former-salt chambers. The resolution also discusses the “well-organized” protests that have been taking place on- or near the site in Reading.

Crestwood Midstream remains one of Schuyler County’s largest employers and taxpayers, as per the resolution put forward during the meeting. Officials point out that the company is making every effort possible to improve the quality of Seneca Lake’s waters.

Officials are also hopeful that the project will come to fruition sooner- rather than later. They say Schuyler County has waited long enough for this project to become reality.

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