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Report: DEC fined U.S. Salt for brine, oil spills in Seneca Lake

WATKINS GLEN — U.S. Salt was fined $57,500 for chloride, brine and oil discharges into Seneca Lake over the past decade, penalties imposed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and contained in 2012 and ’16 consent orders.

Local Government Supports Contentious Seneca Lake Gas Storage Project

For years, there have been opposition, protests and even arrests in an effort to keep a controversial project from moving forward.
The plan to build a new gas storage facility on Seneca Lake has been called dangerous by activists -- a hazard to the water, and to people's health, a mistake that's been made one too many times.

Environmental Firm Outlines More Pollution Fines to Crestwood

WATKINS GLEN (WENY) -- WENY has been following the ongoing battle between Crestwood Midstream and the environmentalists who say the company is continuing to pollute the finger lakes. Over the course of this ongoing battle, the environmental firm Toxics Targeting has consistently informed residents of toxic spills into our lakes--many of which they say are at the hands of the Crestwood/US Salt facility

New Documents Reveal Seneca Lake Pollution

New documents released by an environmental advocacy group are showing that Seneca Lake has been polluted multiple times over the past decade.

Save Owasco Now group calls on state and federal government for more help

Walter Hang, from Toxics Targeting in Ithaca, speaks during the Save Owasco Now community forum on Monday on Owasco Lake and safe drinking water. (Photo: Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen)

AURELIUS — Founding members of the Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance have come together again, but this time under a new name with a new cause. Called Save Owasco Now, the group spearheaded by Auburn City Councilor Terry Cuddy, gathered for its first public meeting Monday night to discuss action items for combating blue-green algae toxins in Owasco Lake, the drinking source for more than 45,000 Cayuga County residents.

Defunct pipeline still causing contamination, activist alleges

Contamination from a defunct Standard Oil pipeline hasn't been properly cleaned up in New York, according to documents compiled by an anti-fracking activist.

Activists express concerns over local abandoned pipeline


One of the first fuel pipelines built in the 1800s has some fracktivists concerned about its corrosion and pollution.

Environmental Advocates Call on DEC for Action on Abandoned Southern Tier Pipeline

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Environmental advocates are calling on the DEC to do something about an abandoned pipeline in the Southern Tier.

Environmental Activist Calls for In-Depth Investigation of 'Ancient' Pipeline

An environmental activist has called on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to require an in-depth investigation of a no longer functioning crude oil pipeline that runs through parts of Upstate New York.

Dominion Defends Pipeline As Necessary For New York's Electric Needs

Gas pipeline companies often stake out the trajectories of proposed pipelines.
Credit Mike Groll / AP Photo

Pipeline companies aren’t having a lot of success in New York so far in 2016.

Possible Soil Contamination At Old Salt Mine Site

SENECA LAKE (WENY)-- A local environmental database firm is publishing information regarding concerns about oil contamination at an old salt mine on Seneca Lake. Walter Hang from Toxics Targeting told us today that a now-banned practice involved injecting toxic fuel into an old salt mine, to protected the it from dissolving towards the earth's surface. He claims this outdated practice could be the reason for oil contamination of Seneca Lake.

Letter to Gov. Cuomo Re: Oil Padding

September 21, 2016

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York
The State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224


I recently wrote to request that you DENY all regulatory approvals required for proposed Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and expanded natural gas storage facilities in Reading, NY at a large site owned and operated by Arlington Storage Company, LLC, Crestwood Equity Partners LP, Stagecoach Gas Services, LLC, Finger Lakes LPG Gas Storage, LLC or other interrelated corporate entities.


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