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No-Fracking Groups Pan NY Liquid Natural Gas Plan

Cuomo Policy Summit 8/22/2012.flickr

Groups dedicated to keeping fracking out of New York want the Department of Environmental Conservation to withdraw its proposed regulations for liquefied natural gas facilities, citing safety concerns and other issues.

New Yorkers Against Fracking has chartered buses to bring protesters to Albany today for DEC's public hearing on the regulations, which would end a 40-year moratorium on new LNG storage and fueling facilities.

The state hasn't allowed the facilities since a 1973 explosion at an LNG storage facility killed 40 workers in Staten Island.

Liquefied natural gas is increasingly being used as a cheaper alternative to diesel fuel for long-haul trucking fleets. At least one fuel company has plans to add LNG to some of its New York truck stops.

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