Seneca Lake flotilla protests proposed LPG storage

WATKINS GLEN — A flotilla of about 90 vessels converged on the U.S. Salt plant here in a waterborne protest Saturday afternoon with protesters loudly voicing opposition to a plan by U.S. Salt’s corporate parent — Inergy LP of Missouri — to store 88 million gallons of liquid propane gas in salt caverns adjacent to Seneca Lake.

“We want clean water, we want clean air,” flotilla organizer Pete Angie told the boaters just before they left Village Marina. “I’m not going to let Seneca Lake be another casualty of the oil and gas industry. We’re going to make noise today and let our presence be known.”

About 75 kayaks, canoes and small sailboats left the launch area shortly after noon, decorated with signs voicing opposition to the proposal currently under review by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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