New York DEC Proposes to Allow the Cryogenic Fuel
Liquefied natural gas could become legal in New York City again, as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed regulations to permit LNG’s use.
“Allowing the construction and operation of new LNG facilities will provide environmental and economic benefits for New York while ensuring public safety,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said in a release, citing “significant benefits to the environment and public health.”
DEC said it expects most of the early permits to be issued “for smaller facilities that will supply fuel to long-haul and fleet trucks that use LNG as a substitute for diesel.”
1973 Staten Island Accident Cited
A public information meeting has been slated for Syracuse on October 16 and another for Albany on the morning of October 30, to be followed by an afternoon hearing. Public comments are being taken until November 4.
LNG has been effectively legal in New York City for decades. “Partly in response to a 1973 maintenance accident at an LNG facility on Staten Island,” DEC says (in which some 40 people died), the state legislature enacted a moratorium on the siting of new LNG facilities.
The moratorium was lifted in 1999 for all locations except municipalities with a population of one million or more – i.e., New York City. The moratorium has been repeatedly extended, most recently this past May until April 2015.
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Source: New York DEC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up