ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The New York State DEC is exploring the possibility of giving permits to companies looking to store liquefied natural gas.
A public information meeting was held at the State Fairgrounds Wednesday to inform people about the process.
DEC officials say this issue is separate from the hydrofracking debate. Many people oppose the controversial form of drilling in New York.
The DEC says these permits would allow companies to store a liquid version of the gas in sites across the state. It could be helpful to businesses trying to reduce their carbon footprint.
"There's been a demand for truck fuel for long haul trucks that are burning liquefied natural gas instead of diesel. There's an environmental benefit because it reduces emissions from using natural gas and now there's a competitive advantage to using natural gas. So we are responding to that need," said Andrew English of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
There are no proposals in the works for storage areas, but the DEC anticipates there could be 20 during the next five years, most located along the New York State Thruway corridor.