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INSIDE THE FLX: Environmental issues take center stage in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that they would be slashing a proposal by a Houston-based energy company, many in the region called it a ‘win’.

That proposal would have resulted in liquid petroleum to have been stored underneath Seneca Lake in abandoned salt caverns. A recently-published letter admitted that there were issues with those caverns, something that opponents of the proposal had been saying for years. However, it wasn’t until that letter was authored and sent off to DEC officials by Crestwood that the state took notice.

As result, the project was axed, and now full-attention has turned to a proposal by a company known as Circular enerG, LLC. The company wants to build a $365 million facility in Romulus, which officials and residents alike have pushed back against. These issues have taken center stage, but a number of others – including a controversial coal operation near Lansing; and the ongoing legal battle over the Greenidge power plant are equally important.

Mantius provided a look at all of these issues, as the warm, summer months turn into fall.

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