New York makes a move on natural gas (in liquefied form)

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New York moved toward lifting its four-decade-long ban on storing liquefied natural gas, with the state Department of Environmental Conservation proposing regulations for siting new facilities earlier this week.

The storage of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, has been prohibited in New York since the mid-1970s, when a major explosion of an LNG tank left 40 workers dead at a plant on Staten Island in 1973. Since there are no fueling stations in New York, the storage ban has effectively kept large, LNG-fueled trucks and cargo vehicles out of the state.

Several companies looking to build LNG fueling stations or power their fleets with the fuel have pushed the Legislature to lift the storage ban over the past two years, but the bill hasn’t moved out of the state Assembly. The DEC’s action, if finalized, would eliminate the need for legislation, though some critics said the legislation included more safety measures.

“Allowing the construction and operation of new LNG facilities will provide environmental and economic benefits for New York while ensuring public safety,” DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens said in a statement. “Lower emissions resulting from burning natural gas as a fuel will provide significant benefits to the environment and public health.”

The proposed rules would allow for the construction of new LNG facilities, but would require them to be permitted by the DEC and submit to regular inspections. A ban would remain in place for New York City.

The regulations will likely face opposition from groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing, who have been wary of increasing the state’s demand for natural gas while it remains under a de facto moratorium on shale-gas drilling.

Russ Haven, legislative council for the New York Public Interest Research Group, raised concerns about the proposed rules, which he said don’t go beyond the “bare basics in terms of public health and safety requirements or limiting the size of facilities.”

“Even with the energy industry, there was a willingness to discuss capping the size of facilities, increasing buffer zones to make sure there’s more distance between facilities and the public as an added measure of safety,” Haven said. “I don’t see any of that in (the proposed rules). That was a surprise.”

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  1. I work for a local (Albany) company that moved a project to a midwest location because a LPG storage tank could not be sited in NY. NY IS NOT OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

  2. It isn’t going to happen… Sorry vic. NY is not only NOT opened for business, but w’ll hang them up in the courts so long, with so many different legal issues, they will voluntarily leave the state. If they haven’t experienced ‘hell on earth’ yet… they are about to.
    That’s guaranteed.

  3. Here. Give yourself something worthwhile to read. http://philosophy.ucr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Mary-L.-Lyndon-Jurimetrics.pdf Do the world a favor Vic, get a real life and get off the gas drilling issue. The entire industry has been discredited, from the pipeline companies, to the drilling companies throughout the full gamut. It’ one lie right after another and now, too many reports exist along with victims, medical files, and on and on and on. We are closing in on this industry little by little. Stop touting about jobs, money, and the economic benefits all of you think you will be getting. It’s just never going to happen. Why don’t you go look for a real job instead of supporting a dream that is going to blow up in your face? NY State is an agricultural State. They have never been a mining state and they certainly aren’t going to start now. Find something else to occupy your time with. How about starting a solar company? Or go volunteer at your local hospital? How about you and your cronies (the hired industry fied operatives), go see some of the victims who are on oxygen now. Have you seen the drillers who left the industry? The 17 year old who was cleaning out te brine pits in PA with no shoes on, or mask on, or any protective gear at all ? Have you seen him Vic? Do you care? There are warnings after warnings out about the jobs this industry propoes.. they are false, they are misleading, they are lethal. Go volunteer your time at a local cancer center. Then Vic you can decide what you think you want to do with the rest of your life. Because your job, to continuing to TOUT ABOUT NATRAL GAS in this State you’ve been fired from.