Two Star Trek actors were arrested during an act of civil disobedience.
James Cromwell and J.G. Hertzler were part of a small group protesting salt cavern gas storage. They blocked traffic from entering or leaving the Crestwood compressor station.
“The prettiest place I’ve ever seen is right here: the Finger Lakes region of New York,” said Hertzler. “Governor Cuomo, we the people do not want to see these pristine lakes turned into cheap, contaminated, industrialized storage facilities for Crestwood and Con Ed. Stand with us, Governor!
“Defend your own program for getting New York State off of fossil fuels and transitioned to renewable energy. FERC — the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — seeks to keep us chained to the energy of the past and, in so doing, threatens our water, our lands, our safety and the very climate of this, our planet. Boldly go with us, Governor Cuomo, into a renewable energy future.”
“FERC-approved fracked gas infrastructure projects are taking over our entire state—from the crumbly salt caverns of Seneca Lake, where the gas will be stored, to the pipelines and compressor stations that devastate our farmlands, wetlands and maple groves, all the way to the burner tips of the natural gas-fired power plants that are planned for downstate,” said Cromwell. “With all of New York under attack by the fossil fuel industry and by the rogue agency called FERC, all New Yorkers now need to stand up, stand together and say no.”
The methane gas storage expansion project was approved in 2014 in spite of public opposition to the project.