RSI President Patty Long Statement on PHMSA Suspension of Authorization of Liquefied Natural Gas Transport

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Railway Supply Institute (RSI) President Patty Long issued the following statement:

“The extended hold of the rule for transporting LNG by rail is disappointing. Transporting LNG has a proven safety record, and with our country continuing to face rising energy prices, we should be incentivizing critical infrastructure that can provide additional capacity to the U.S. We should not have to rely on foreign sources of LNG to meet demand in certain parts of the country.”

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will suspend its July 24, 2020, authorization of liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport in DOT-113C120W9-specification rail tank cars, pending the earlier of either completion of a companion rulemaking evaluating potential modifications to requirements governing the rail transport of LNG, or June 30, 2025.

“LNG has been safely shipped by other modes of transportation for decades, including ships and trucks. More than 435 million shipments of hazardous materials are transported every year under HMR, and the safety record of transporting hazardous materials by rail is factually outstanding. Shipping LNG in a robust and specially built cryogenic tank car makes sense and will provide a safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly method of transportation for LNG,” added Long.

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