“Before the United Steelworkers agreed to support this project, we made it clear that the company had to prove to our satisfaction; that this was not only safe for the workers, the community, but also safe for the environment. The company provided the USW with an unprecedented level of access to all documents requested and answered all questions completely.
After a thorough review by our Health and Safety Department, the decision was made to support this project. We are continuing communications with the company to address any issues which may arise and share progress in our efforts to move this project forward.”
JOHN SHINN – DISTRICT DIRECTOR – UNITED STEELWORKERS DISTRICT 4
"I’m using propane in this winery, the jobs that are created by having propane storage here are incredible. I see tons of visitors coming here through the winery."
PhD AND OWNER
ROCK STREAM VINEYARDS
"This is a significant opportunity for our community that will create jobs, generate tax revenues and help strengthen our economy."
SCHUYLER COUNY RESIDENT AND OWNER
My husband and I are forced to heat with wood because of the high cost of propane. We tried heating with propane and it cost us around $700 per month in our small house. Fuel oil is not much cheaper. A lot of people just don’t understand how hard it is for people in rural New York. They store propane in Woodhull, NY (we live in the township) and there is no issue. Same with the Finger Lakes. It has been stored there for years with no problems. The voices of locals who support this project have been drowned out by people who want us to be afraid of an industry that has been a part of New York for decades. This project is good for us and good for New York.
DIANE GILL – CONSUMER – ADDISON, NEW YORK
“New York simply does not have enough propane stored here to prevent price spikes and supply constraints. As a result, New York residents and businesses are paying 43% more for energy this winter. Households that rely on propane for heating will pay $411 more to stay safe and warm. That adds up to a $100 million cost burden on New Yorkers that could have been avoided if New York had more safe propane storage infrastructure like the Finger Lakes project.”
PRESIDENT OF MULHERN GAS
“Geologically, the proposed site actually has unique geologic attributes to protect the environment. I can think of no better geological environment in New York State to store liquid gas than salt caverns filled with brine. Indeed, if ‘proof is in the pudding', brine-filled salt caves near Seneca Lake already have been used to store liquid gas for decades and have had no problems."
PROFESSOR DON SIEGEL
“I am the superintendent of Buildings and Grounds of the Tioga Central School District, and our district uses propane to fuel generators and other equipment. As someone familiar with increasingly tight education budgets and skyrocketing propane prices during the winter, I urge Governor Cuomo to support the proposed LPG Storage Facility near the town of Reading, New York.
We cannot expect to attract businesses to New York when it takes more than five years to obtain a permit for something that is already being done (propane storage) safely in our communities, and this storage project would generate significant tax revenue to fund local schools and community services. It just makes sense to support something that protects consumers and promotes greener fuel options. As a voter, I urge you to support the proposed LPG storage project”
DAVID KEENE - SUPERINTENDENT OF BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS - TIOGA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
“New York State has an opportunity to be a national leader and strengthen its fuel distribution infrastructure right now. If Finger Lakes were in operation this winter it would have had cascading benefits far beyond New York, including New England, the Midwest and the Southeast.”
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
NATIONAL PROPANE GAS ASSOCIATION
"I support this project because it will strengthen our economy while safeguarding our communities and environment."
PHILLIP C. BARNES
SCHUYLER COUNTY LEGISLATURE
"We’ve had flammable gas workshops, trained on transport vehicles, done scenarios. These First Responders are trained. To say they’re not ready to handle [an emergency] is totally wrong."
BRIAN GARDNER – DEPUTY COORDINATOR – SCHUYLER COUNTRY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
“New York can be a leader and solve the propane supply issue by permitting the Finger Lakes project. This is a concern for the entire region – not just New York. New York must use this moment as an opportunity and take action now that ensures its fuel infrastructure is resilient against extreme weather and temporary price fluctuations. New York should approve the Finger Lakes project. The economic outlook of the Northeast depends on it."
PRESIDENT OF THE PROPANE GAS ASSOCIATION OF NEW ENGLAND
“Propane is critically important to everyday life in New York. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers rely on propane to keep their homes, businesses, hospitals and schools safely heated, and low emission buses and vehicles use it as a source of clean alternative fuel. The consequence of having inadequate propane infrastructure is hurting the State’s economy and is having an especially devastating impact on Upstate areas where temperatures are coldest and pocketbooks are most vulnerable.”
VICE PRESIDENT OF PORCO ENERGY
"As a government, the most important thing we can do during such extreme winter weather is make sure our residents stay safe and warm – and that doing so won’t empty their wallets. The State has the ability right now to ensure New Yorkers can do just that. The Finger Lakes project was submitted more than four years ago. We as a State cannot wait any longer."
GEORGE MAZIARZ – FORMER NEW YORK STATE SENATOR