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State will conduct another hearing Thursday

    WATKINS GLEN—Another public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov.3 in the Watkins Glen high school auditorium by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. The hearing is regarding0 the proposed Inergy’s gas storage facility in the town of Reading and the state’s environmental impact statement on the project.
    The first public hearing was held in Watkins Glen Sept. 27. and was attended by some 600 people. This second hearing will give the people who had previously requested time for the September meeting to now offer their comments. However, all persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies that may be affected by or interested in the project are invited to attend the hearing and the public information session. It is not necessary to file a written request in advance to speak at the public hearing.
    Inergy is proposing to build a liquid petroleum gas storage and transfer facility in Reading. According to the state, Inergy is proposing to store a maximum of 2.1 million barrels of gas in the naturally formed salt caverns on U.S. Salt property, owned by Inergy. The process will also include using a 14 acre brine pond to hold the salt water displaced from the caverns by gas. The facility will connect to the existing TEPPCO LPG pipeline and will ship liquid gas by trucks via Routes 14 and 14A and by the Norfolk & Southern Railroad.
    The town of Reading planning board has now joined the Watkins Glen village board in asking DEC to require a quantitative risk analysis (QRA) of the proposed $40 million Inergy gas project.
    According to Joseph Campbell, founder of Gas Free Seneca, the planning board voted on drafting a letter to the DEC at the Thursday, Oct. 20 meeting. In the letter the board is asking the state to require Inergy LLC to do a QRA performed by an independent third party. In June, the planning board had previously refused to hear public comments.
    The Watkins Glen village board met Monday, Oct. 17, and voted to submit a comment to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation on behalf of the village regarding Inergy’s proposed liquid petroleum gas storage facility in Reading. The letter will acknowledge that all projects present inherent risks and will request that the DEC require Inergy to commission a quantitative risk assessment to determine the specific risks involved with this LPG storage project.


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