Rulemaking for Shipping LNG by Rail

Agency Proposes Rule (NatGas Intel, Subscription)
Richard Nemec (Oct. 21): The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking establishing a set of regulations for the shipment of LNG by rail tanker cars. DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is opening the proposal for public comment in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), seeking to authorize rail transport of LNG for the first time. In the United States, trucks and ships are the only two forms of bulk transport for liquefied methane. LNG by rail is authorized in Canada. Efforts have been underway since last year at DOT to develop a framework to transport the fuel by rail. Earlier this year, President Trump issued an executive order to speed up the process.

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