By Samantha Maldonado
“This story was originally published on August 5, 2021 by THE CITY
Environmental activists protesting changes to National Grid’s Greenpoint hub for more than a year are claiming a legal victory — but the utility is pushing back.
Following a court order, National Grid last week stopped construction work at the Brooklyn site that could be used to load and unload trucks containing liquefied natural gas, or LNG.
LNG is predominantly methane gas cooled to liquid state and kept at minus-260 degrees — nearly as frigid as Saturn. The process reduces the gas’ volume, making for easier transportation. But trucking the combustible gas within the city has raised concerns around environmental and safety risks.