RLauer, do you have any pictures of the mine when it was in operation that you could post, would be kind of interesting
example, rail cars in the railyard or any other pictures.
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scharnhorst wrote:Did The EPA and NYS DEC order a clean up of it and what is the plan for this property redevelop or sell it?The answer to the first question is "sort of." By that, I mean that the owner was required to "clean up" the tailings pile which many believed was leaching salt into the ground. At one time the DEC was monitoring wells in the area but I do not know if they still are. Beyond the tailings pile I am not aware of what other possible environmental issues may have been created as a result of the mining operation. Interesting enough, the site was put forward for the Finger Lakes museum that ultimately is being located near Branchport so one might conclude that any environmental issues must have been resolved or corrected but that's speculation on my part.
Scott K wrote:I heard a news story on WHAM a few days ago that talked of using salt mine caverns in the area for storage. I wondered then if they might be referring to this site.I can't be 100% sure because I did not hear the news report, but I'm thinking that it was pertaining to the proposed propane storage facility in Reading Center (just northwest of Watkins Glen). That proposal would use cavities west of Seneca Lake that were created over many years by the US Salt brine recovery process operating just north of Watkins Glen. The proposal is quite contentious, to say the least. BTW, just to keep the thread railroad related, the proposed facility would ship over twenty rail tankers daily -- easily would be the biggest customer on the Corning Secondary.