Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC proposes to construct and operate a new underground liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility for the storage and distribution of propane and butane on a portion of a 576-acre site located on NYS Routes 14 and 14A west of Seneca Lake in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County, and approximately 2.5 miles north of the Village of Watkins Glen. The storage facility will use existing underground caverns in the Syracuse salt formation created by US Salt (an affiliate of Finger Lakes) and its predecessors' salt production operations. The existing caverns are located near the western shore of Lake Seneca, and associated surface facilities would extend uphill to the west with compressors, brine ponds, and distribution operations along Route 14 south of the junction of Route 14A, and along Route 14A west of the intersection with Route 14.

As proposed, a maximum of 2.10 million barrels (88.20 million gallons) of LPG would be stored in the caverns seasonally, displacing some of the brine currently filling them, and will be withdrawn by displacement of propane by brine when demand occurs during the heating season, and displacement of butane by brine during the gasoline blending season. During storage operations, the brine displaced by LPG would be stored and contained in two (2) double-lined brine ponds: the East Pond and the West Pond. The East Pond will be located on the east side of NYS Route 14 approximately 2,000 feet south of the intersection of NYS Routes 14 and 14A and is 2.25 acres with a capacity of 0.17 million barrels (7.14 million gallons). The West Pond will be located approximately 1,500 feet west of the intersection of NYS Routes 14 and 14A and is 6.35 acres with a capacity of 0.80 million barrels (33.6 million gallons).

The facility would connect to the existing TEPPCO LPG interstate pipeline, and would ship LPG by pipeline, by truck via Routes 14 and 14A, and by rail via the existing Norfolk & Southern Railroad. As proposed, the project involves construction of a new rail and truck LPG transfer facility, consisting of a six-rail siding capable of allowing loading and unloading of 24 rail cars within 12 hours, and a truck loading station capable of loading four trucks per hour. The rail and truck loading facility would be capable of operation on a 24-hour basis, 365-days a year. Construction would also include surface work consisting of truck and rail loading terminals, LPG storage tanks, offices and other distribution facilities, and storm water control structures.

Under the law, the EIS must be made available on the web. Below are links to the entire contents of the EIS, hard copies of which are also available at the Town of Reading Town Hall at 3914 County Route 28 Watkins Glen, New York 14891 and the Watkins Glen Public Library at 610 South Decatur Street Watkins Glen NY 14891.

Draft DEC Permit

Environmental Monitoring Submission to DEC

Updated Transportation Allocation

November 2014 Submission to DEC

Updated Application Documents on DEC Web Site


2012-01-20 BSK to DEC Supplemental Info

2012-02-16 BSK to DEC Supplemental Info

2012-05-22 CT Male Engineering Info

Engineering Report



2012-05-22 Final Permit Drawing Set pdf's

Geotechnical Report


2012-06-15 CT Male Engineering Info

2012-09-09 SWPPP Revision 4

2012-09-10 Engineer Report and Brine Pond Plans

Brine Ponds Drawings


Final DEIS Text

DSEIS Figures

DSEIS Appendices

DSEIS Appendix F Engineers Report

DSEIS Appendix O Underground Storage Application