senecalakesouthendWatkins Glen, NY- Crestwood Subsidiary, Arlington Storage Company, is abandoning its effort to expand fracked gas storage in unlined salt caverns along Seneca Lake. In its Bi-Weekly Environmental Compliance Report, filed today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC"), Arlington states:

Despite its best efforts, Arlington has not been successful in securing long-term contractual commitments from customers that would support completion of the Gallery 2 Expansion Project… Accordingly, Arlington has discontinued efforts to complete the Gallery 2 Expansion Project.

"This is a tremendous victory for the people of the region who have fought for years to protect Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes from industrialized gas storage," said Yvonne Taylor, Vice President of Gas Free Seneca. "This ill-conceived plan has cast a shadow on the region's burgeoning tourist industry from the start, and today we celebrate our victory against Goliath."

"The admitted failure to secure customers establishes that there is no need for Arlington to expand," said attorney Deborah Goldberg of Earthjustice, which has been representing Gas Free Seneca. "We will be asking FERC to rescind its 2014 project approval, which rested on a plainly flawed finding that expansion was required by 'public convenience and necessity'."

"This has been a long drawn out battle to protect a World Class region from a Texas based oil and gas corporation. They only see dollar signs, where we see tranquil beauty, clean air, and fresh water," said Gas Free Seneca President Joseph Campbell. "Crestwood should see the writing on the wall where 32 municipalities across the Finger Lakes region, representing 1.2 million residents are on record opposing gas storage on Seneca Lake, and they should withdraw their applications to store LPG in these unsafe salt caverns as well. They are clearly not wanted here."