"Natural gas has safety advantages compared to gasoline and diesel: it is non-toxic, and has no potential for ground or water contamination in the event of a fuel release. Natural gas is lighter than air and dissipates rapidly when released."

- Clean Vehicle Education Foundation, "How Safe are Natural Gas Vehicles?"

Cold Facts about a Hot Commodity

LNG is the safest fossil fuel known to man: CORRECT

Natural gas, whether compressed or liquefied, will evaporate into the air if a leak or accident occurs, unlike gasoline which will pool on the ground creating a fire hazard.

Natural gas is converted to a liquid state when it is cooled to temperatures of -162°C (-260°F). In its liquid state, LNG is not explosive and does not burn. If LNG is accidentally spilled or leaks from a container, LNG vaporizes and dissipates quickly into the atmosphere.

The fuel storage cylinders used in CNG and LNG vehicles are stronger than gasoline fuel tanks. As a U.S. federal requirement, CNG and LNG cylinders undergo rigorous testing and evaluation to ensure the tanks will function properly even in the event of a crash.

LNG caused the 1973 Staten Island Explosion: INCORRECT

The New York City Fire Department concluded that the incident was a “construction accident”, unrelated to the storage of LNG. While repairs were being performed on an empty, purged LNG storage container, a torch being used in the repairs ignited the lining of the tank, causing the accident.

LNG means jobs for NY: CORRECT

The introduction of LNG as a transportation fuel will create thousands of high-paying jobs in a number of industrial sectors. This will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in positive economic impact to the people of New York.

Allowing the transport and storage of LNG will lead to LNG exporting and facilities in New York State and NYC: INCORRECT

Senate Bill S.1119, having passed the Senate and pending in the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, allows for the storage of up to 40,000 gallons of LNG per site. To make exporting LNG possible, a site would need to hold millions of gallons of LNG. The quantity of LNG which can be stored under the terms of this bill would be sufficient to operate a small LNG gas station, and would be grossly inadequate for exporting LNG.

The bills also do not allow for the storage or transportation of LNG within cities with a population of 1 million or more, meaning that there would be no storage sites or any transportation of LNG around the New York City area.


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