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NY imposes stringent LNG regulations

LNG Industry,

New York’s State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has introduced the most stringent LNG regulations in the US, which will make the gas available to fuel trucks.

The new regulations enable permits to be granted to site, construct and operate LNG facilities under requirements established in a DEC permit. As a result, LNG will be available to haulers as a cleaner alternative to diesel fuel.


Commenting on the legislation, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, said: “New York's new regulations provide the most comprehensive program to safely site, build and operate LNG facilities in the country. By requiring an environmental and safety review for each new facility, New York's environment and economy will benefit from safely providing liquefied natural gas vehicles opportunities to fill up in the State.

"Natural gas is cleaner to burn and LNG provides an efficient way to store the fuel for those who normally use, or would like to begin using, natural gas for space heating or other uses."

LNG programme

Projections indicate that for the first five years, nearly all of the expected permit applications will be for facilities designed to supply fuel for long-haul tractor-trailers and large capacity fleet trucks. The LNG programme will include:

  • Evaluation of each permit application, taking into consideration the proposed location of the facility and tanks and additional siting criteria in the regulation.
  • Compliance with the siting requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.
  • Reviews of the capabilities and preparedness of local fire departments.
  • Adoption of permit conditions, such as enhancing local response capabilities and greater setbacks, or denial of applications as necessary to ensure safe operation.

DEC's approach under the new regulations will also require site inspections, training of local fire department personnel, the closing of out-of-service LNG storage tanks and prompt spill reporting. The regulations will not change the existing legislation, which prohibits new LNG facilities within New York City.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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