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Reading waits for gas transfer station decision

READING—The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is still trying to decide if it should be the lead agency in the environmental impact statement for the Finger Lakes LPG project in Reading.
Gordon Wright, Reading planning board chairman, said the DEC had still not come to a decision at the Thursday, Jan. 21 planning board meeting.  He said if the DEC assumed leadership of the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) part two, he would let the board know.  He added he has continued to grant the extensions necessary until a decision is made.
Wright has previously said that he felt the planning board should be the lead agency for the SEQR.  When the DEC first stepped forward wanting to do the review of the proposed gas transfer station, the planning board had wanted significant legal reason why.  However, Wright had said the DEC had not given a good legal reason why they should be in charge of the review.
Wright added that Inergy has thus far done everything the planning board has asked.  He said the company behind the gas transfer station project has answered the concerns the planning board has had and made design changes.
Wright said that if the planning board does not start the SEQR at next month's meeting, it will work on the town's comprehensive plan.  He could not give a definite time frame for when he thought the DEC could either take over or leave the SEQR to the planning board.
The Reading planning board meets next, Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

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