Gas Storage Far from New in New York, But No One Notices

Gas StorageDavid Crea
Process, Energy & Reliability Engineer, Watkins Glen, NY
(David Crea is employed by US Salt but speaks here for himself only)

LPG  and natural gas storage is hardly new to New York State – it already has 29 such facilities and no one even notices them, despite fractivist hysteria.

From all the Park-Foundation-generated hullabaloo about the Crestwood projects, you’d think this was the first time ever that gas or liquified petroleum gas (LPG) had been stored in the ground, one way or another. Not so, as there are over two dozen such facilities already operating throughout New York State, although you wouldn’t know it from the hysteria generated by the Gas Free Seneca and We Are Seneca Lake gangs.

What probably only a relatively-few people know is that there are 29, yes 29, already operating LPG and gas storage facilities in upstate New York, including 26 natural gas storage, and three LPG storage operations.

This nicely-done map from NYS DEC shows where they are located:

Gas StorageThis, and other descriptive, factual overview facts on this industry, can be found on the New York State Department of Conservation website in plain view but where none of the Crestwood opponents want to go, lest they learn something countering their hysterical (and nonsensical) protest pitches.

What, you say you had no idea there were 29?  Where is all the news about fires, explosions, leaks  and injuries that are reputedly connected with these places?

Well, it is not surprising that people don’t know there are 29 energy-storage facilities because…..you just don’t hear anything at all about them in the news, unless they have perhaps donated to some local scout group or the like!  Yes, these facilities sit there, unobtrusive and un-noticed, and just do the job that society has the need for, while employing people, paying the taxes and bills, and distributing what is left to shareholders/owners.

Their employees are well-trained, just as you’d expect an intelligent facility operator to be for a high-tech, high-value plant, handling high-value flammable materials.

And, those same people, if need be, can be trained emergency-responders as well, and naturally fit-in to buttress the local volunteer fire departments.  But mostly, they just live, perform their jobs, hunt and fish, raise families, pay the mortgage and tax bills, and get up and do it again the next day.  Just like responsible citizens are expected to.

So the next time an anti-carbon-energy sympathizer tries to make you think the Crestwood facility is a terrible idea, unsafe, un-needed, a blight on the land, will scare away the tourists, and will blow the village away, etc., just ask them:  “Why then, have these 29 facilities not done that already, if they are so terrible?  Are you stretching the truth into a lie……to delude me?  Shame on you!  And by-the-way, you did drive here and use gasoline, didn’t you?  And by-the-way, just how do you stay warm in the winter, and obtain your food, supplies and mail?  Where is your horse?”

Hypocrisy, when exposed to reality, can melt like the Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West.

Mr. Crea is a US Salt technical professional employee who is involved with their brinefield and wells management, but writes this as an interested citizen-observer, not as a spokesman for Crestwood or US Salt.

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11 thoughts on “Gas Storage Far from New in New York, But No One Notices

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  2. Thank you Dave, for a fact laden article. Unfortunately, we have a governor who for whatever reason, completely ignores the the enormous contribution that natural gas plays in the State of New York. Cuomo’s game plan is that of a bean counter. He can count on his base, which is the pseudo environmentalists who live in New York City. Of course if these supposed environmentalists were true environmentalists, they wouldn’t be living in New York City in the first place, now would they? Ironically, most of the natural gas used in New York State is used in New York City, while Cuomo rails against natural gas drilling. It’s kind of an absent minded professor role that Cuomo is playing. As far as Cuomo’s popularity rating in upstate New York is concerned, he couldn’t get elected dog catcher there. He only represents New York City, New York City and New York City.

  3. the problem with underground natural gas storage is “unfair compensation to landowners.” the FERC is illegally using the 1938 gas act to issue permits to gas companies for underground storage. the gas act was written for pipelines only, NOT for underground storage. the gas act needs to be rewritten to address the issue of fair compensation for underground storage. gas companies are illegally using using billions of cubic feet of private landowner storage space with absolutely zero compensation to land owners. this is a violation of the fifth amendment.

  4. I am thinking that underground storage accounts for most of the gas storage in the United States & possibly the rest of the world. I am not sure if this is true but this has been my understanding. Natural Gas is considered a clean burning fuel but first it must be stored prior to usage. Building above ground storage when there are underground caverns that have been proven safe is plain stupid.

  5. Thank you all for the comments. I was actually astounded when I found this map, as I had no idea there was that much “energy-storage infrastructure” (beyond pipelines) out there, hidden-away and un-noticed.

    Many thanks to our NYS DEC for assembling this information into a GREAT map and the textual synopsis that goes with it.

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  8. David, excellent points. The US Stores approximately 350 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas in Pipeline and underground storage. This gas in injected during the summer and drawn down during the winter. There is not enough pipeline capacity to supply the demand for the winter in the mid-Atlantic and New England areas. The storage is used to supplement that lack of capacity from the producing areas. http://www.eia.gov/naturalgas/weekly/ tracks changes in the storage on a weekly basis.

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