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Enviros: Withdraw NY liquefied natural gas plans
December 4, 2013 - Ben Klein
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As the public comment period on new liquefied natural gas regulations concludes, environmental groups have delivered thousands of comments critical of the regulations and demanded that they be withdrawn.
New Yorkers Against Fracking and other organizations were in Albany on Wednesday to deliver what they say are more than 50,000 comments on the regulations that would allow LNG fueling and storage facilities in New York for the first time in 40 years.
New York is the only state that bans such facilities. Its moratorium followed an LNG facility explosion on Staten Island that killed 40 workers in 1973.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says the main reason for the new rules is to allow fueling stations. But the environmental groups say they pave the way for much larger facilities and lack sufficient safeguards.
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