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Final Rule on LNG Transport Announced

June 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration released on Friday a a final rule authorizing the bulk transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail.

The rule, which will be published in the Federal Register, will allow the transport of LNG in DOT-113C120W9 (DOT-113) specification tank cars with enhanced outer tank requirements and additional operational controls.

The rule generally comports with a executive order issued by President Donald Trump in April 2019.

In a news release, DOT noted that transport of LNG has previously been allowed with FRA approval in a portable tank.

“Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations have also authorized the transportation of other flammable cryogenic materials for many years in DOT-113 tank cars,” DOT said in a statement. “This final rule also incorporates newly designated additional safety requirements, such as an enhanced thicker carbon steel outer tank.”

DOT said the rule also requires remote monitoring of the pressure and location of LNG tank cars, requires improved braking and requires a two-way end-of-train device or distributed power system when a train is transporting 20 or more tank cars loaded with LNG in a continuous block, or 35 or more such tank cars of LNG anywhere in the train consist.

Railroads will be required to conduct route risk assessments to evaluate safety and security.

DOT Moving Along LNG By Rail Rule

October 22, 2019

A proposal to allow liquefied natural gas to move by rail in DOT-113 tank cars is being moved along by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration published last week a notice of proposed rulemaking to allow LNG to be transported by tank car.

The rule stems from an executive order issued last April by President Trump that directed U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to fast-track a process that would allow LNG to be moved through the United States in rail tank cars within 13 months.
Current regulations allow LNG to be transported by rail only in a portable tank with an approval from FRA.

In a news release, DOT said moving LNG by rail would provide a viable alternative to pipelines, which are unable to reach certain areas of the country.

“This major rule will establish a safe, reliable and durable mode of transportation for LNG, while substantially increasing economic benefits and our nation’s energy competitiveness in the global market,” said PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott.

FRA shares regulatory oversight for safe transportation of hazardous materials by rail.

However, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) criticized the proposed rule, citing safety concerns.

DeFazio said the rule would allow moving LNG in “old tank cars without sufficient testing, analysis or reviews poses major risks to the health and safety of communities across the nation.”

In a statement, DeFazio said, “Authorizing hazardous materials for transportation by rail should be a careful and deliberative process, supported by science and evidence, with adequate protections in place for the communities where this stuff is traveling.

“It is not something to be done with the stroke of a pen. The results of his order could be catastrophic.”

CSX VP to Head DOT Hazmat Unit

September 12, 2017

A CSX executive will be named by President Donald J. Trump to become Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Howard R. “Skip” Elliott has served for the past decade as CSX group vice president of public safety, health, environment and security.

His duties have included hazardous materials transportation safety, homeland security, railroad policing, crisis management, environmental compliance and operations, occupational health management and continuity of business operations.

Elliott is a receipient of the Association of American Railroads Holden-Proefrock Award for lifetime achievement in hazardous materials transportation safety.

A 40-year railroad industry veteran, Elliott is a graduate of Columbia Southern University and Indiana University, where he received the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Criminal Justice, and is a current member of the IU College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean’s Advisory Committee.

PHMSA, which is housed within the Federal Railroad Administration, holds regulatory responsibility for hazmat transported in railroad tank cars. Among its most recent actions was overseeing development of the DOT-117A tank car for crude oil and ethanol transportation, and regulations governing phasing-out of older, “legacy” DOT-111 tank cars.

Ohio College Lands Crude Oil Safety Grant

October 15, 2015

The University of Findlay is one of three non-profit organizations to receive a portion of a $5.9 million grant to create training programs for first responders dispatched to address rail incidents involving crude oil and other flammable liquids.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Findlay operates an All Hazards Training Center. Also receiving grants were Center for Rural Development in Kentucky and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.