Activists trying to derail plans to store liquid petroleum gas in salt caverns in the Finger Lakes region are being handed a major blow by the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Crestwood LLC of Houston, that is trying to develop the storage facility on the shores of Seneca Lake, has won its case against a challenge by Gas Free Seneca with the judge ruling all evidence in the proposed development had been seen and there was no need for public comment.

An appeal is planned.

Gas Free Seneca and others had filed action to trying to get public comment and evidence concerning safety and environmental issues and halt the project.

Crestwood wants to store 88.2 million gallons of liquid petroleum gas in the abandoned salt caverns.

Department of Environmental Conservations could hear an appeal and take action to adjust the ruling, accept the decision or reject the ruling.