Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas (predominantly methane, CH4) that has been converted to liquid form for ease of storage and/or transport. This clear, colorless, non-toxic liquid forms when natural gas is cooled to -162ºC (-260ºF). This shrinks the volume of the gas 600 times, making it easier to store and ship to towns and cities. When LNG reaches its destination, it is returned to gas form at regasification facilities. It is then piped to homes, businesses and industries.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is a founding member of the LNG for NY Coalition – a group of business, environmental and health advocacy groups united in the common belief that LNG is good for New Yorkers.
Following advocacy efforts by the Partnership, the New York State Department of Environment Conservation (NYSDEC) recently outlined its permitting program to allow the construction and operation of LNG facilities in New York. New York had been the only state in the country without an LNG program, missing out on the real economic opportunity that LNG offers.
The Partnership has been pushing the DEC to finalize its LNG regulations for the last three years as a top economic development item on its list of Regional Priorities. The dispensing and storage of LNG in New York will help the trucking industry take better advantage of cheaper and cleaner fuel.
LNG in New York will also 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.