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57 arrested Monday at Crestwood

READING--The Schuyler County Sheriffs Department arrested 57 protesters blockading the Crestwood facility along Route 14 in the town of Reading Monday, March 7. All 57 arrestees have been charged with disorderly conduct. This protest is part of the ongoing We Are Seneca Lake movement in opposition of Crestwood's proposed expansion of gas storage in unused salt caverns in the town of Reading.
According to a We Are Seneca Lake press release, the protesters formed a human blockade on the Crestwood driveway shortly after sunrise at 6:45 a.m. The protesters blocked all traffic entering and leaving the facility. The group was charged with disorderly conduct and arrested shortly before 8 a.m. by Schuyler County deputies, Watkins Glen police, and New York State troopers. They were then transported to the Schuyler County Sheriff's department.
Eight of the 57 people arrested are Schuyler County residents, with the others being from 19 different counties in New York. The ages of those arrested ranged from 30 to 76. The protests have been ongoing for the past 17 months and have resulted in a total of 537 arrests.
The We Are Seneca Lake protests began following the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) ruling in October 2014 approving the methane part of the gas storage expansion project. The group also opposed Crestwood's attempt to store liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the salt caverns at the site, with this project still awaiting a ruling from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

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