Big investments from Gov. Cuomo in his proposed executive budget are a major reason for the region to take gas storage under Seneca Lake seriously.
That was the message from Gas Free Seneca on Wednesday.
The group issued the following statement in response to Gov. Cuomo’s proposed spending in the Finger Lakes:
“Investing in Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes wine industry reaffirms the dire need for Governor Cuomo to reject Crestwood’s dangerous gas storage proposal, which poses severe environmental and safety risks to the region. Wine-making in New York State is already a $4.8 billion industry, but several key winery and vineyard owners have made it clear that they would halt significant investments in the area if Crestwood’s plan is not stopped. Efforts to continue revitalizing the region are antithetical to dirty fossil fuel infrastructure projects like liquid petroleum gas storage and transport. Gas Free Seneca urges Governor Cuomo to stand with those who represent the backbone of the Finger Lakes wine and tourism industry and say no Crestwood’s plan.”
Some of the spending measures for the Finger Lakes highlighted in Gov. Cuomo’s budget included:
- $5 million invested in the ‘I Love NY’ campaign to promote Finger Lakes wine.
- A new craft beverage week to showcase the state’s world-class beer, wine, cider, and spirits.
- The “State of the Art” FLX Welcome Center in Geneva is on the North end of Seneca Lake, designed to be the hub for tourism in the FLX region.
- A $2 billion over five years investment in the Clean Water Infrastructure Act and critical drinking water protection initiatives.
- A $20 million investment in the REMADE Institute to develop clean energy and decrease emissions.
Crestwood, a Texas-based corporation, has proposed a plan to store, explosive liquefied petroleum gases in abandoned salt caverns under the shores of Seneca Lake.
Over 450 Seneca Lake property owners, 500 local and regional businesses on the GFS and FLXWBC coalitions, several local wineries and vineyard owners, and 32 municipalities representing 1.2 million New Yorkers oppose the proposal.