"N.Y. Gas Project Abandoned in Victory for Seneca Lake Protesters"

"The storage project would have brought more gas from Pennsylvania fracking country through New York’s Finger Lakes region. It sparked years of civil disobedience."

"The company behind a controversial plan to expand an underground gas storage facility in central New York said it is abandoning the project that has been in the works more than seven years. The decision delivers a victory to the grassroots coalition of local residents, businesses and environmentalists that fought the proposal in one of the nation's longest-running campaigns of environmental civil disobedience.

'We're all surprised and delighted by the news,' said Sandra Steingraber, an activist and scholar in residence at Ithaca College. Steingraber helped launch a two-year-long protest movement against the project that saw more than 400 community members and other activists arrested, an effort that InsideClimate News profiled last year.

The news came in a routine regulatory filing Tuesday by Arlington Storage Company, the company behind the expansion. '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,' it wrote. 'Accordingly, Arlington has discontinued efforts to complete the Gallery 2 Expansion Project.'"

Nicholas Kusnetz reports for InsideCllimate News May 12, 2017.

Source: InsideClimate News, 05/15/2017