A version of this story was published by New York Focus, an investigative news site covering New York state politics. Sign up for their newsletter here.
In 1973, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank exploded on Staten Island, killing 40 workers who were cleaning it up. It was one of the worst industrial accidents in New York’s history and prompted the state to ban new LNG facilities. Yet two continued: one maintained by National Grid in Brooklyn and the other by Con Edison in Astoria, Queens.