We, the undersigned, expect the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job and protect the Finger Lakes Region from the fracking industry’s and Inergy’s pollution.
Steingraber explains that it’s a mistake to allow “the industrialization of the pristine Finger Lakes region, a magnet for tourism, known for its beauty, serenity, vineyards, lakes, and farms.” According to Alternet, Inergy has built a gas storage and transportation project, called a compressor station, in the Town of Reading and on the bank of Seneca Lake, which is the source of water to roughly 100,000 people.
Along with setting up the site as a transportation and storage hub for fossil fuel gases, Inergy plans to compress and bury explosive gases in salt caverns near and under the lake. However, geological research done on these caverns is being withheld from public scrutiny by Inergy, claiming proprietary rights. Therefore "much of the basic science on the structural integrity of the salt caverns is hidden from view.“says Steingraber.
Steingraber notes that her “small non-violent trespass” pales in comparison to Inergy’s violent “toxic trespass… the trespass of hazardous chemicals into water and air and thereby into our bodies."
All of what Inergy is doing is “wrong,” adds Steingraber, and it’s also wrong for regulatory agencies to allow Inergy to fast-track FERC approval of its projects and for EPA to turn a blind eye to Inergy’s repeated violations of the Clean Water Act.
We stand with Steingraber and others' protest of Inergy’s Seneca lake projects and insist that EPA do its job and protect Seneca and the Finger Lakes of New York from all sources of pollution.
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