Statement from Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, on the plan to allow the construction and operation of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities in New York State
“For too long, New York has been the only state in the country without an LNG program, forcing New Yorkers to miss out on the real economic and environmental opportunity LNG offers. The Partnership commends New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for finalizing a program to allow LNG storage, dispensing and transportation in our state. This issue has been an economic development priority for the Partnership and has been a top action item on our Regional Agenda for the last three years.
The dispensing and storage of LNG in New York will not only help the trucking industry take better advantage of cheaper, cleaner fuel, but it will spur the creation of thousands of jobs – from manufacturing jobs to construction and station operator jobs – as firms work to support these newly developed infrastructure needs. LNG is both clean and safe, and will now be a benefit to only New York’s economy, but its environment.
The Partnership looks forward to continuing to work with state leaders to remove barriers for businesses and increase our region’s economic competitiveness.”
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening.