Help Protect Seneca Lake!

The Finger Lakes area has numerous State, County, and Local parks that we enjoy.  USA Today has choses the Ten Best State Parks in USA. There are two from New York State—Letchworth State Park and Watkins Glen State Park. WatkinsGlen“We Are Seneca Lake”, an organization active in protecting Seneca Lake from  becoming the “LPG Storage Hub” of the Northeast has send the following request:

Here’s an easy opportunity to help add some leverage to our campaign.  USA Today is holding a contest for “America’s Favorite State Park”. Watkins Glen State Park is among the 10 finalists. If we can get enough votes to catapult WGSP to the top of the list, we would have another example of the importance of this region to point to when asking Governor Cuomo, Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, and others with the decision-making power to prevent Crestwood Midstream’s plan to store gas in the unlined, abandoned salt caverns at the south end of Seneca Lake, just a mile or so north of beautiful Watkins Glen State Park. Please click on the link below to get to the page where you can vote. The parks are ordered alphabetically. WGSP is toward the bottom.  http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-state-park/ Thank you!! -Michael Dineen for We Are Seneca Lake

The vote ends on March 30. When I voted Watkins Glen State Park was in 4th place.

Other New NY 23rd Articles on Seneca LPG Storage:

 Sandra Steingraber on Seneca LPG Storage

 Rep. Reed’s District Director Met with Gas-Free Seneca

 WRITE ON: Reed’s Defense of Property Act and Real Estate Values

 The DEC needs to Follow It’s Mission Statement

 Josh Fox’s Solar Home Companion Tour in Watkins Glen

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About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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8 Responses to Help Protect Seneca Lake!

  1. josephurban says:

    Looks like a great area to frack,

  2. BOB McGILL says:

    be careful what you wish for. Like Cape Cod and other places, the tourists may ruin the summers for the locals.

  3. BOB McGILL says:

    ” The science is settled, as the climate change supporters like to say. Only this time, science confirms the safety of hydraulic fracturing. According to a new study published by the National Academy of Sciences, fracking is safe. End of discussion. “

  4. josephurban says:

    You have a point , Bob. Many very nice places end up being too touristy. On the other hand, if I had to choose between a place that was so nice other folks wanted to visit, versus a place that was ruined by pollution and so no one wanted to get near it…. I guess I would take my chances on the former.

  5. josephurban says:

    Bill. I think you are referring to the methane study which claimed that 99% of the methane from fracking is captured. This is because the fracking industry has developed better technology (with pressure from environmental groups). That is good news. One problem dealt with.
    The bad news is this. The study says nothing about the contamination of ground water, which is a real, immediate concern for landowners who have wells. Water contamination remains a problem according to this study by the National Academy of Science.

    http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/22379

    And according to this study by Duke University.

    .http://www.nationofchange.org/duke-study-links-fracking-water-contamination-epa-drops-study-fracking-water-contamination-137225702

    I am not opposed to fracking if it can be made safe. But ground water is more important than gas.

  6. whungerford says:

    Green closed cycle technology exists, but legislation is needed to require its use. If NYS were serious about allowing fracking, the legislature has wasted many opportunities to enact taxes and fees and to enact necessary regulations.

  7. Anne says:

    Also, those of us who own property here and who may wish to be able to sell it again are all for not having it made worthless by frackers.

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