Friday, August 26, 2011

big splash

On Sunday, September 4, The Finger Lakes CleanWaters Initiative will bring the GrassRoots Festival dance tent to the Hector Fairgrounds to raise awareness about the environmental threats posed by shale gas fracking and from the pending expansion of the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and LNG (liquefied natural gas) storage facility beside and below Seneca Lake.

This event will draw together concerned citizens, educators, commercial interests (vintners, recreational, agricultural), and environmental advocacy organizations to focus on methodologies to ensure clean drinking and recreational waters in the Finger Lakes, New York State, and beyond. The sweeping exemptions to the Clean Water Act contained in the 2005 Federal energy bill are of particular concern. The proposed expansion of pressurized storage of LPG and LNG in deep subterranean salt caverns beside and below Seneca Lake by Inergy Corporation is also a serious concern. Additional considerations include traffic congestion (rail and truck), and the proposed massive brine pond that would hover just above Seneca Lake at Salt Point in the town of Reading.