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NY regulators issue draft permit conditions for Finger Lakes propane storage; hearing planned


ALBANY, New York — State regulators have released draft permit conditions for a proposed propane storage facility in a depleted Finger Lakes salt cavern.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the move doesn't signal an ultimate decision on the controversial project, which has been under review for five years.

The agency has scheduled an "issues conference" on Feb. 12 in Horseheads because of extensive public interest in the proposal by Houston-based Crestwood Midstream to store propane beside Seneca Lake. The release of draft permit conditions on Monday was part of the process leading to that conference.

The issues conference will determine if there are significant issues that require a hearing before a judge. To participate, individuals or groups must file a petition for party status by Dec. 10.

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