Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca College student was among 10 people arrested for protesting a proposed gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake on Monday, according to a news release.

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Faith Meckley, 19 — who wrote this piece for The Ithaca Voice about “a world gone mad” — was arrested along with three people from Trumansburg: Jeff de Castro, 60; Mark Sciblia-Carver, 62; and Richard John Koski, 71.

The protesters blockaded the gates of the facility of Texas-based Crestwood Midstream as an act of civil disobedience. Thirty-five people have now been arrested in total since protests at the gas facility began. A press release did not state what the protesters are expected to be charged with.

“In a world where fresh, clean water is becoming ever more rare, we are sitting on a priceless treasure here that we may eventually have to share,” Meckley said in a news release.


Meckley, a journalism student at IC, is from Geneva and took a break from the college to travel across the country in a climate march.

“We Are Seneca Lake” began rallying at the gates of Crestwood, which has gas storage facilities run along the shores of Seneca Lake, on Oct. 23. Major expansion of the facility was authorized to begin on Oct. 24, according to the protesters.

See here and here for The Voice’s reporting on prior arrests.

The others arrested today were: Beth Peet, 47, of Hector; John Abbe, 49, of Oregon; Jimmy Betts, 30, of Iowa; Jane Kendall, raised in Vermont, resident of NYC; Michael Clark, 29, of Ohio; and Kelsey Erickson, from Massachusetts and a graduate of Cornell University.

Correction: This story incorrectly stated that Meckley is from Genoa. She is in fact from Geneva.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.