U.S. regulators issue rule for LNG transport by rail

By Adnan Bajic The United States regulators have issued a final rule authorizing the bulk transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail.

Illustration only. Courtesy of Florida East Coast Railway

The rule has been issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Specifically, the rule will permit the bulk transportation of LNG in specialized tank cars with enhanced outer tank requirements and additional operational controls.

“The department’s new rule carefully lays out key operational safeguards to provide for the safe transportation of LNG by rail to more

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