It is unclear that even those listed on their website have actually expressed their support of the project. In late 2014, we glanced over their site, noticing that Senator Gillibrand’s name was listed as a supporter. When we contacted the Senator, we received a response thanking us for bringing this to her attention, and indicating that her name had been removed from the site.
They say that there are already propane storage facilities in the region, and claim that this is a reason to build more storage. Using their own data, we know that three Facilities already exist within a 60 mile radius of Watkins Glen NY that store 3.5 million barrels of propane, enough to heat 600,000 homes. They also admit that in all of New York State, less than 235,000 homes rely on propane for heat. Where will the surplus go? Quoting a letter from Crestwood to the DEC, Crestwood states that 100% of the propane stored at this facility will leave by pipeline and go to a supply terminal in Selkirk, NY that serves New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. So even Mr. Munroe (JM Trucking) won’t get any work or propane from this project, nor will anyone else in the Finger Lakes. Bottom line: The Finger Lakes does not have to be the sacrifice zone for the Oil and Gas Industry. And what about the 600,000 barrels of butane they wish to store? That’s a lot of Bic lighters. Crestwood doesn’t claim that it is going to benefit anyone locally, nor do they explain the need for it.
They quote a NY resident who implies that having more local storage will bring the cost of propane down. The fact is that even if it were intended for local use, propane is a market commodity and the price is fixed at the hub in Mt Belvieu, TX. Let’s face it- if proximity determined price, then salt would be extremely cheap in the Finger Lakes.