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Public meeting set for Allegany State Park natural gas storage lease

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will hold a public information meeting about renewing a lease with National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. for natural gas storage operations in Allegany State Park.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 16 at Salamanca Senior High School, 50 Iroquois Drive, Salamanca.

Those attending the meeting can meet with Parks staff as well as National Fuel Gas representatives, review maps and plans for the site.

At 7:30 p.m. there will be a presentation on the proposed lease and the public can ask questions and provide comments.

Under the proposed renewal, National Fuel Gas Supply would continue operating its subsurface natural gas storage facility in Allegany State Park, known as the Limestone Storage Field, for 15 years.

The proposal would allow National Fuel Gas Supply to maintain and operate existing storage wells, roads and pipelines but would limit activities to the footprint of existing wells and facilities.

The previous 50-year lease expired in June 2014. The state parks agency and National Fuel Gas Supply entered into a one-year extension that runs through June.

The Limestone Storage Field has been operated in the park since 1964 under a lease, originally issued by New York State to the Felmont Oil Co. and acquired by National Fuel in 1990.

The storage field currently contains 14 storage wells which provide gas service to several Western New York counties.