Shale Energy Law Blog
For more than a century, companies have been mining salt beside Seneca Lake by drilling approximately 2,000 feet into a salt formation and injecting water to dissolve the salt. Previous owners used the remaining Seneca Lake caverns to store natural gas for decades. Opponents of the proposal said that an accident at two proposed brine ponds may jeopardize Seneca Lake, which provides drinking water to 100,000 people. Critics of the proposal also pointed to a 2004 explosion at a Texas salt storage facility and a 2012 salt mine collapse in Louisiana.