Business Leaders Applaud Denial of Permit for Seneca Lake Gas Storage

Media Release

ALBANY, NY – In response to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s denial of a draft permit for a proposed storage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the salt caverns along Seneca Lake, the New York Sustainable Business Council released a statement applauding the action. The following may be attributed Bob Rossi, Executive Director:

“Business coalitions are proving critical in challenging the on-going incursions of the fossil fuel industry in New York. The Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition and Gas Free Seneca Business Coalition made a strong business case for rejecting the LPG proposal, which threatened the heart of the Finger Lakes wine and tourism industries. We applaud the grassroots organizations, municipalities, and business leaders who stood strong these past years to defend the Finger Lakes. We thank Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Seggos for denying this permit and continuing to lead the transition from fossil fuels to renewables while protecting the people, environment, and economy of New York State.”

The business opposition to this LPG storage proposal dates to 2015 including this letter to Governor Cuomo signed by business coalitions across the state.

The New York Sustainable Business Council (NYSBC) is an alliance of business organizations and businesses committed to advancing a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy in the state. The organization promotes strategies and policies designed to build strong local economies, prioritize investment and innovation in clean technologies from green chemistry to renewable energy, and advance the development of sustainable communities in New York State.

The American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) is a partner to businesses and the investor community to bring collective wisdom and public policy solutions to the systemic issues negatively impacting our society and planet. Founded through the merger of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and Social Venture Circle (SVC), ASBN rejects short-term thinking narrowly focused on just shareholder value in favor of a capitalism based on creating long-term value and being accountable to all stakeholders: owners, workers, families, community, environment, state, nation, and world. As a multi-issue, membership organization advocating on behalf of every business sector, size, and geography, ASBN and its association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.