Looking to attend the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s hearing on liquefied natural gas this afternoon?
Get there early.
The DEC will host a hearing this afternoon in its Albany headquarters on its proposed regulations, which would effectively lift New York’s four-decade ban on liquefied natural gas storage facilities.
But the conference room where the hearing will be held has a capacity of 125, which could lead to lines entering the hearing, according to the DEC.
Groups opposed to hydraulic fracturing and the proposed LNG rules say they’ve rallied their members to attend the hearing, which is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30.
The DEC hosted an informational meeting on the rules this morning, and a second one kicked off at 11:30 a.m.
The proposal to lift the effective ban is necessary because the transportation industry is showing increased demand for LNG fuel for its fleets, according to the agency. New York is the only state that doesn’t allow the citing of new LNG storage facilities, which largely keeps LNG-fueled vehicles out of the state because there are no fueling stations.
Critics, however, say the DEC’s regulations are half-baked and don’t go far enough to implement safety regulations, instead relying largely on federal measures. They’ve also criticized the DEC for not implementing a cap on the size of potential storage facilities.
Earlier this month, the DEC extended the comment period on the regulations by 30 days to Dec. 4. Not attending the hearing? Directions for sending written submissions are here.