Ithaca, N.Y. — A new wave of protests at the site of a proposed natural gas expansion on Seneca Lake has resulted in 19 arrests, according to a news release from the protesters.
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Seven of those arrested on Wednesday are from Tompkins County.
1 — Melanie Bush, 50, Ithaca, Tompkins County
2 — Barbara Coyle, 63, Ithaca, Tompkins County
3 — Heide Horowitz, 76, Ithaca, Tompkins County
4 — Sheila Out, 65, Ithaca, Tompkins
5 — Lisa Ripperton, 64, Ithaca, Tompkins County
6 — Todd Saddler, 50, Ithaca, Tompkins County
7 — Jim Shaw, 64, Ithaca, Tompkins County
Protesters blocked traffic at the gates of the Crestwood Midstream gas facility. They were arrested by Schuyler County Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, which is also Earth Day, according to a news release.
“None of the protesters arrested this morning had been previously arrested as part of the We Are Seneca Lake movement, which opposes Crestwood’s plans for methane storage expansion in lakeside salt caverns and which has been ongoing since October 2014,” Sandra Steingraber said in a news release on Wednesday.
This was the first round of arrests since Feb. 11. The protesters aid in a statement that 235 arrests have now occurred since the campaign began.
The news release contained the following quotes from protesters:
“I was born and raised in Geneva and was a college student during the first Earth Day, and I’ve commemorated it for 45 years. I spent by childhood along these shores. Our farm used water directly from this lake. Without the lake, there would be no agriculture. In honor of Earth Day today, I felt that I had to travel from Schenectady back to my birthplace and defend it.”
— Protester Deborah Guard, 64, of Niskayuna in Schenectady County
“We have written our letters and circulated petitions and sent our emails to our senators. We really want to see some action and you are our representatives. There are thousands of New Yorkers concerned about Seneca Lake. Although fracking is supposed to be banned, the methane is being gathered in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and Crestwood is looking to store it here. It is not for local markets as the pipelines that connect the salt caverns to the Northeast show us.”
— Bonnie Chollet, 70, of Horseheads
“I live by Hemlock Lake. If you break one finger, it affects the whole hand. I’m here to protect the finger called Seneca Lake. During the anti-fracking movement, we got a lot of support in Livingston County from people in other counties. I want to pay that back.”
— Bob Thompson, 61, of Livonia
The others who were arrested are listed as:
Cynthia Carestio, 54, Canandaigua, Ontario County
Bonnie Chollet, 70, Horseheads, Chemung County
Nancy Cook, 62, Painted Post, Steuben County
Bill Glasner, 67, Victor, Ontario County
Elsbette Grove, Wolcott, Wayne County
Deborah Guard, 64, Niskayuna, Schenectady County
Gale Lyons, 72, Elmira, Chemung County
Lee Marcus, 65, Arkport, Steuben County
Larry Martin, 64, Town of Torrey, Yates County
Kit Miller, 52, Rochester, Monroe County
Maribeth Rubenstein, 49, Aurora, Cayuga County
Bob Thompson, 61, Livonia, Livingston County