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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Finger Lakes reaching an environmental fork in the road

When it comes to the region’s natural resources – they may feel endless to those who call it home.

The Finger Lakes region is a destination that folks can identify. As Yvonne Taylor, Vice President of Seneca Lake Guardian explained, “It’s a regional brand that people and businesses – generations of them – have worked to create.”

Both Taylor and Joseph Campbell, who serves as President of Seneca Lake Guardian have spent years fighting to preserve that brand, and ensure its long-term viability. “There are a number of environmental threats facing the region; and to choose just one to fight against isn’t possible,” explained Campbell, during a visit to the Studio last week.

Whether it’s the region’s multiple landfills, the proposed $365 million incinerator, or the recently-defeated LPG storage project in Schuyler County – Seneca Lake Guardian and Gas Free Seneca have been at the forefront.

In 2018, the Department of Environmental Conservation ruled against Crestwood Midstream’s proposal to store LPG beneath Seneca Lake in abandoned salt caverns. By the end of the year, Crestwood opted to not appeal the decision. It meant the proposal was officially dead.

In this week’s Sunday Conversation, the duo talk about the biggest environmental issues facing the region in 2019. They talk about the proposed incinerator, landfills, and so much more.

Watch below, or listen in the audio player above.