D-E-C Considering Rule Change For Natural Gas Storage Facilities
New York State is moving toward lifting its nearly forty year old ban on storing liquefied natural gas. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released new regulations that would allow for liquefied natural gas storage and truck fueling stations for the first time since the mid-1970s.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said Thursday that lower emissions from burning natural gas as a fuel "will provide significant benefits to the environment and public health" and will create jobs.
The revised rules come despite a 5-year-old state ban shale gas drilling.
The DEC says the early permits are likely to be issued for smaller facilities supplying fuel to long-haul and fleet trucks that use natural gas as a cheaper substitute for diesel.
No new liquefied natural gas storage facilities have been built since a 1973 explosion that killed 40 workers at a Staten Island storage facility.
Public hearings on the regulations will be in Syracuse on Oct. 16 and Albany on Oct. 30. Public comments will be taken until Nov. 4.