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15 states oppose Trump plan to allow LNG shipments by rail


The attorneys general of 15 states are opposing a Trump administration proposal to allow rail shipments of liquefied natural gas. They argue the trains will share tracks with passenger trains and travel through heavily congested areas. The protesting states submitted comments on the proposal Monday. They include Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where the Trump administration issued a special permit in December to ship LNG by rail. The states say the rule would put residents, first responders and the environment at greater risk of catastrophic accidents. LNG shipments are allowed by truck, but not by rail, except for with a special permit.