Thomas Shelly, Chemical safety and hazardous materials specialist, and Peter Mantius, Journalist on business and finance, answer questions and address concerns from the audience. Finger Lakes LPG Storage is a subsidiary of Inergy, an “energy infrastructure and distribution company” which recently acquired U.S. Salt’s operations on Seneca Lake. The company is seeking approval from NY DEC to store up to eighty-eight million gallons of LPG (propane and butane) in salt caverns near the western shore of Seneca Lake. The salt caverns, currently brine-filled, were created by U.S. Salt and Cargill’s mining operations. To make space for the LPG, some of the brine would be pumped out and placed in the surface pond. As the LPG was needed on a seasonal basis, it would be shipped out by truck and rail. The brine would be moved between the surface pond and the cavern as needed. There are many questions about safety of this operation, including protection of Seneca Lake as a source of drinking water, possible migration of gases during storage and/or transport, and impact of trucking and rail cars carrying LPG. The DEC determined that the project could result in enough adverse impacts to require an environmental impact review. The review process grants the public the right to raise questions and make comments. This meeting, held in Ithaca, N.Y., was held just prior to the deadline for public comments on the scoping. Once D.E.C. has completed a drafte Environmental Impact Statement, or E.I.S., the public will have another opportunity to comment. Comments can be sent by e-mail to the NY DEC to: David Bimber, Deputy Regional Permit Administrator, at email@example.com. This event was sponsored by Social Ventures and Shaleshock Action Alliance.