"Fourteen states and Washington, D.C., are suing the Trump administration over a new rule that would allow for the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail, citing health and safety risks.
The rule, finalized this year by the Transportation Department and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), would allow for the fuel to be transported on rail tank cars. Previously, a special permit was needed for such transport.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday did not lay out legal arguments, but the Democratic state and city attorneys general bringing the suit said in a joint statement they plan to argue that the PHMSA failed to evaluate the rule’s environmental impacts and that the rule does not contain enough safety requirements."
Rachel Frazin reports for The Hill August 18, 2020.
"Rule Allowing LNG Rail Shipments in US Challenged in Court" (AP)