Energy Committee Update - February 4, 2015

Governor Cuomo State of Opportunity Address


The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), on January 27, 2015 filed with the New York State Department of State; new rules which define a permitting program for the siting, construction, and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.  The newly filed Part 570 is effective February 26, 2015.

The regulations largely incorporate the National Fire Protection Association standards on this subject. Part 570 was amended this fall to provide an upper limit of 70,000 gallons on the amount of LNG that a facility is permitted to store. The new rules will allow LNG storage facilities to be built in New York City for the first time since a moratorium on LNG facilities was imposed in 1973.

Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC

Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC proposes to construct and operate a new underground liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility for the storage and distribution of propane and butane on a portion of a 576-acre site located on NYS Routes 14 and 14A west of Seneca Lake in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County, and approximately 2.5 miles north of the Village of Watkins Glen. The storage facility will use existing underground caverns in the Syracuse salt formation created by US Salt (an affiliate of Finger Lakes) and its predecessors' salt production operations. The existing caverns are located near the western shore of Lake Seneca, and associated surface facilities would extend uphill to the west with compressors, brine ponds, and distribution operations along Route 14 south of the junction of Route 14A, and along Route 14A west of the intersection with Route 14.

Pursuant to 6 NYCRR 624.4(b), a pre-adjudicatory hearing issues conference will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 10:00 AM, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2666 Corning Road, Horseheads, New York, 14845. If needed, the Issues Conference will continue on Friday, February 13, 2015. The purpose of the issues conference is to determine party status for any person who has properly filed a petition (as indicated below) and to define the scope of issues, if any, that require adjudication with regard to the application before the Department. Please note that participation at the issues conference is limited to Department staff, applicant, and those persons requesting party status.

Additional information can be obtained at http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/99319.html or http://www.fingerlakeslpgstorage.com/