August 11, 2015

Adirondack Park is not a Storage Facility!

If you believe you have seen it all, here is one more absurdity proposed only for the sake of corporate profit:

Owners of the Saratoga-North Creek Railway have big plans for a new use of the railroad line from North Creek into the High Peaks.
Last week, company President Ed Ellis made a presentation to the Warren County Board of Supervisors Public Works Committee about the company’s new plans. Ellis sees an exciting business opportunity for his rail lines with low traffic in the long-term storage of hundreds of oil-soaked tanker cars.
- See more at:
The article has full details and several links to other important reads on this proposal.    You can see the video of the full meeting where the proposal was given at this link and passed by the committee.
It apparently has a 1 yr time frame and then they will do more questions, reviews, etc before their 5 yr permit is extended!

parked tankers in North Chili NY

Railroad Plans To Store Oil Tankers in High Peaks
The photo is from a line of tanker cars "parked" in North Chili this past year for a temporary time.  It is near my home so I explored - they smell! and nothing crosses that line!   That's not what I want for the Adirondack Park region.   Build tourism - not industrialization.
Owners of the Saratoga-North Creek Railway have big plans for a new use of the railroad line from North Creek into the High Peaks.
Last week, company President Ed Ellis made a presentation to the Warren County Board of Supervisors Public Works Committee about the company’s new plans. Ellis sees an exciting business opportunity for his rail lines with low traffic in the long-term storage of hundreds of oil-soaked tanker cars.
- See more at:
Railroad Plans To Store Oil Tankers in High Peaks
Railroad Plans To Store Oil Tankers in High Peaks

August 10, 2015

A Picture's Worth

I want to give a shout-out to an amazing site added to the resource tab Frack Activism/Energy  As we talk about projects proposed for NY and around the country that relate to gas drilling and it's infrastructure demands, it is hard to grasp the intensity or the physicality of these projects. has an outstanding visual library of the real projects.  The tag line on the website reads:   The best visual Marcellus Shale gas drilling information source with over 2,000 photos!  

Because NY has a ban on fracking, the topics on most people's minds are the pipelines, compressor stations and storage facility proposals.  Dozens of projects are being proposed around our state.  What is proposed on paper somehow never matches the true reality of what might come.  photographic library clears that  view. 

Take a look at this website - it has an abundance of resource information applicable to many areas. 

Please continue vigilance with Gov. Cuomo and state legislators:  Express your voice!

August 07, 2015

Press Release: Seneca Lake Gas Storage Proposal Opposition

For Immediate Release-August 6, 2015
In a surprise development early this week, 2 more municipalities have passed resolutions opposing gas storage on Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine and tourism region. The Town of Lyons in Wayne County and the Onondaga County Legislature (13-3) joined 28 other Towns, Counties, Villages and Cities across the Finger Lakes Region, bringing to 30 the number of municipalities representing a total of 1,080,573 NY State residents, firmly opposed to Texas based Crestwood Midstream's proposed industrialization of the Southwest shore of Seneca Lake (updated map attached).

This follows hard on the heels of the 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East passing a strongly worded resolution demanding that the NYS DEC deny permits for gas storage on Seneca Lake. The resolution passed unanimously by the Executive Committee of the SEIU and was sent to Governor Cuomo early last week.

“1199SEIU stands for addressing the crisis of climate change, and with that in mind we supported Gov. Cuomo’s decision to ban the dangerous process of fracking in New York State.  Now, a Texas-based corporation, Crestwood Midstream plans to store LPG next to Seneca Lake and much of this will be trucked in or carried by railcars from fracking operations from out of state. This is unacceptable. We must demand that our political leaders and government stand to protect our environment, the health of our communities and to move toward renewable and sustainable methods of energy production,” said 1199SEIU Executive Vice President, George Kennedy.

With the majority of resolutions passing unanimously and across party lines, the opposition to this misguided and unnecessary gas storage proposal shows a united front in the hearts and minds of people all across the region in protecting Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes Region from a project that has a high potential for catastrophe with little to no benefit. To date, over 340 local and regional businesses are also on record opposing the plan.

"Honestly, where else can Governor Andrew Cuomo find such a shining example of bipartisan unity?" asked Yvonne Taylor, Vice President and Co-founder of Gas Free Seneca. "With 30 municipalities across the region opposing this project and the resolution by the1199 SEIU, a union of health care workers representing the largest local union in the world, it's time for Governor Cuomo to direct his DEC to deny permits for the project."
Joseph M Campbell, DC
President and Co-Founder
Gas Free Seneca

Constitution Pipeline Rally at Albany

Join together in Albany on Tuesday August 11 for an emergency press event at the LOB and action outside the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) offices in downtown Albany to call on Governor Cuomo and DEC reject the proposed Constitution Pipeline. This pipeline is specifically being built to ship gas from Pennsylvania to the highest paying markets, including Canada. From there it can be shipped overseas. We can’t let this fracked gas that is poisoning our neighbors in PA to be transported through our beautiful state!

The pipeline company has publicly stated that DEC would make a decision in July on its application for a ‘401 water quality certificate’, which it needs to build the Constitution Pipeline. Now that it’s August, we are all concerned that a decision could come down any day. Since FERC has conditionally approved the pipeline, DEC’s rejection of the “401 water quality certificate” is the last chance that we have of stopping this dangerous pipeline from:

-destroying over a 1,000 acres of beautiful forests & farms,
-clear cutting over 700,000 trees,
-crossing 277 waterways in upstate New York,
-putting our communities and public safety at risk,
-allowing pipeline corporations to seize land from NY residents through eminent domain.
We all know that one pipeline leads to another. Already, another pipeline company has proposed another pipeline - the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) - to be located about 50 feet away from the proposed Constitution, which would require everything to be torn up again, and another massive strip of land seized and cleared. Both proposed pipelines - the Constitution and the NED - will be crossing the same waterways and DEC should do a cumulative study of the water quality impacts of both projects NOW.

Please join us at this critical moment in Albany to call on Governor Cuomo and DEC deny the water quality certificate and Stop the Pipeline!   RSVP on Facebook  (See full details on the Events page)

Sponsored by, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Stop the Constitution Pipeline, Frack Action, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Food & Water Watch - New York, Sierra Club

August 03, 2015

Empire Pipline at Pendleton NY

The Pendleton Action Team  is working to stop the proposal of National Fuel's Northern Access Pipeline and Compressor project in Niagara County of western NY.  The project directly affects the town of Pendleton:  Map Overview
We are a mix of residential and farming community on the Erie Canal with a recreational focus.  This compressor station belongs in an industrial area not in an area that is zoned Residential.  There are many farm animals surrounding the proposed area.  We have a pair of Bald Eagles nesting in our town, along with many other wild animals.
From the National Fuel Gas Corporation Application to FERC
National Fuel is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with its principal place of business located in Williamsville, New York. It is a natural gas company whose jurisdictional activities are subject to regulation by this Commission under the NGA. National Fuel is engaged in the business of transporting and storing natural gas by means of facilities located in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Northern Access Project 2016 has proposed to expand the existing pipeline from 16" to a 24" high-pressured pipeline for 4 miles.  The tie-in will be just 4,500 feet from the central school campus.  

The pipeline will run parallel to the Frontier Chemical Hazardous Superfund site. The cap was installed in 1996 and is well underway to being settled.  If it is disturbed during the construction, the town of Pendleton could be the next Love Canal. 

Along the new expanded pipeline will be a 22,214 horsepower natural gas compressor station.  The station is much larger than other towns have approved.  The compressor station will be located directly in a residential neighborhood with homes less than 850 feet away from the proposed location.  The compressor station will not be staffed, it will be controlled by sensors and a computer. The chimney stacks are 50' tall and will be visible from the road. 

To support the citizens of the Pendleton township, visit their website for more resources and action links.  

July 22, 2015

Shared Renewables Program

Because there is always so much tough news around, here is some very good news for NY and it's energy future:
Shared Renewables Program Provides New Opportunities for New York Residents and Businesses to Access Clean and Affordable Energy
Governor Cuomo announced the approval of a bold new community initiative enabling millions of New Yorkers to access clean and affordable energy for the first time.
Read the full article here:

Thank you again, Gov!

July 16, 2015

Donation Match for Gas Free Seneca


Fund Raising Challenge! 

An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations up to $10,000. This means that every dollar donated now equates to two dollars, so if we reach the $10,000 goal, Gas Free Seneca will receive an additional $10,000. 

 Please make your tax-deductible donation online by going to:

Or by mail to:
Gas Free Seneca, PO Box 333, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Please make checks payable to: "Sustainable Markets Foundation", with "Gas Free Seneca" in the memo line.