Watkins Glen, NY – Area business owners and winery owners are among 12 people currently blockading at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility gates on the shore of Seneca Lake. They are now in their third hour of shutting down both entrances on Route 14. This action follows eight arrests yesterday and ten on Monday as the ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ civil disobedience campaign continues a 4th week of blockades to stop the gas storage facility. All total, 43 arrests have now occurred at the gates of Crestwood since the campaign began on October 23.
The 12 people blockading today are: Phil Davis, 62, Hector, owner, Damiani Wine Cellars; Will Ouweleen, Conesus, Livingston County, owner, Eagle Crest and O-Neh-Da Vineyards; Peggy Aker, 57, Trumansburg, owner and founder, Marco Mama’s; Stefan Senders, 56, Hector, owner, Wide Awake Bakery; Anna Redmond, 30, Trumansburg, Regional Access; Julia Uticone, 40, Cayutaville, Swamp Road Baskets; Jessica Thorpe, 31, Hector, owner and operator, Glen Mountain Market; Scott Signori, 47, Hector, owner and executive chef, Stonecat Cafe; Chris Tate, 52, Hector; ; John Dennis, Lansing; Chuck Geisler, 69, Ithaca; and Asa Redmond, 40, Ithaca, Regional Access. Redmond is also the drummer for The Sim Redmond Band.
A reporter, Charlie Haeffner of the Odessa File, was covering this morning's activities and was told by the Sheriff's Deputy that he couldn't park on the side of State Rt 14.
Sheriff Yessman has complained that many of the protesters weren't from Schuyler County and were being "imported". Six of the protesters blockading the gates now are from Schuyler County. including business owners, and the Sheriff has chosen this day to not make any arrests.
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