A public-comment period on siting liquefied natural gas facilities is getting a 30-day extension, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday.
The DEC proposed new rules earlier this year that would allow new LNG storage facilities in New York for the first time since the 1970s. The rules, however, have drawn ire from opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, who have raised concerns about increasing the need for the fuel and the lack of limits on the size of facilities.
Proponents of LNG have been pushing for new regulations for several years, saying the state’s current ban on new facilities prevent LNG-fueled truck fleets from traveling through the state.
The comment period had been slated to end on Nov. 4. It’s been extended until Dec. 4, and an additional public hearing will be held in Albany on Oct. 30, according to the DEC.
Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. By mail, comments can be sent to Russ Brauksieck, NYSDEC Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7020.