Despite the fact that natural gas is a plentiful, domestically produced energy source that could help to reduce our dependence on petroleum imports, New York State does not allow liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to be used as a transportation fuel. LNG, which is natural gas that has been cooled, is far less polluting than diesel and gasoline.
Earlier this year, Unshackle upstate joined the LNG for NY coalition, an effort spearheaded by the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership, to enable New Yorkers to use liquefied natural gas to fuel their vehicles.
We’re pleased to report that after many years of delay, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has taken the first steps toward adopting regulations that will implement siting, operating and transportation requirements for LNG facilities in the State.
Throughout the nation, businesses that use truck fleets are converting their fleets to LNG, usually because of significant costs savings. Just as important, using LNG in their fleet of trucks is better for the environment and helps reduce our carbon footprint.
This is an important first step. The construction and operation of new LNG facilities will create new employment opportunities, and will allow the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel in New York.
Once LNG is permitted in New York State, we hope to see the infrastructure grow so that LNG can become an option not only for businesses, but for government agencies and school districts as well.