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Energy Report

Feds Propose Transporting Liquified Natural Gas on Rails

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed a rule regarding liquefied natural gas transportation in October. This proposal responds to President Donald Trump’s executive order in April 2019, which encouraged shipping liquified natural gas in rail tank cars to increase international sales. Though the agency stated that the derailment of a train carrying the gas could have “high consequence,” the rule does not elicit any new safety regulations or testing. A public comment period on the proposed rule is scheduled to end Dec. 23. — By Rachael Kelley

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