US DOT Gets Serious About LNG by Rail – Publishes Proposed Rules

In April President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) directing the Secretary of Transportation to write a new rule allowing specially constructed tanker cars for railroads (DOT-113 tank cars) to ship LNG, i.e., liquefied natural gas (see Here Come the “Bomb Trains” – Trump to Allow LNG by Rail). The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), has just issued a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” to move the process forward. Think of it as draft regulations to allow LNG by rail car.
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Enviro Leftists Keep Up Attack on LNG Export Dock on Dela. River

In June the DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission) approved a request by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the Delaware River, to be used for docking and loading two ships at a time with LNG (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). After being hounded (and threatened) by THE Delaware Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club for months over that approval, DRBC voted in September to “reconsider” its earlier decision (see DRBC Reconsiders New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). The radicals continue to pressure DRBC to overturn their earlier approval.
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DRBC Reconsiders New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River

There, now that’s the DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission) we know and expect–obsequiously bowing before the likes of THE Delaware Riverkeeper and her environmental cousin, the Sierra Club. In June the DRBC approved a request by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the Delaware River (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). After being hounded (and threatened) by Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club for months over that approval, DRBC voted last week to “reconsider” its earlier decision. Their true colors shine through.
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Work Continues to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant

New Fortress Energy is in the process of building the first (of two or more) LNG liquefying plants in Wyalusing, PA–nowhere near a shoreline. The company will truck (eventually rail) the LNG to a port located on the Delaware River along the New Jersey shoreline for export to Puerto Rico and other destinations. As we reported in July, work is now underway to clear the site before actual construction of buildings begins (see Work Begins to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant). The site clearing work has progressed, rather nicely…
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Democrat House Members Try to Block New Fortress LNG by Rail

Two radical left members of the U.S. House of Representatives–Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ)–sent a follow-up letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requesting an update on where the special permit for Energy Transport Solutions, LLC to move liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail stands now that the public comment period has closed. The letter was not *really* about seeking information, but about threatening PHMSA, signaling that the agency had darned well better block LNG by rail. Or else.
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Delaware Riverkeeper Scores Minor Victory in LNG Export Case

Score a (very) minor victory for THE Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum, in her holy mission to block a new fully authorized and permitted LNG export loading facility due to get built on the New Jersey bank of her beloved Delaware River (she thinks she owns the river and “speaks” for it). Riverkeeper filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for information about a facility New Fortress Energy is planning for a former DuPont dynamite factory site in NJ.
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What Route Will New Fortress LNG Train Take from NEPA to NJ Pier?

As we have and continue to cover, there is an exciting development happening in northeastern Pennsylvania. New Fortress Energy has begun to clear the site where they will build an LNG liquefaction plant in Wyalusing (see Work Begins to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant). Wyalusing is hundreds of miles from the nearest port where ships can load LNG. The LNG has to get from Wyalusing (point A) to a proposed new pier New Fortress plans to build on the Delaware River (point B).
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New Fortress Working on Deal to Send Marcellus LNG to Philippines

A newspaper in the Philippines is reporting that New Fortress Energy, the company currently building one (rumored to be two) liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction plants in the northeastern Pennsylvania Marcellus, has approached the Philippines Department of Energy (DoE) about building an onshore LNG import terminal that would be integrated with a gas-fired power plant.
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Dela. River LNG Export Dock Will Get Up to 360 Truck Trips/Day

Traffic on the Ben Franklin Bridge (Photo credit: Jeff Fusco, Philly Magazine

The propaganda drumbeat against a proposed LNG dock facility in New Jersey continues by Big Green. New Fortress Energy is building a natural gas liquefying plant in northeastern Pennsylvania. The LNG produced at the plant will get trucked to the bank of the Delaware River on the New Jersey side where New Fortress plans to build a pier allowing two ships at a time to dock and load the LNG. Here’s the latest line of attack against that plan: That loading facility *may* see up to 360 truck trips per day. Which is supposed to enrage area residents against the plan.
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Work Begins to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant

Work begins to clear site for NEPA LNG plant (credit: Rocket-Courier)

Although we’ve recently reported several stories about the CEO of New Fortress Energy (see New Fortress Energy Founder/CEO Big-time Democrat Donor) and the company’s plan to build a new dock along the Delaware River to export LNG (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River), we’ve not heard much about construction of the LNG plant itself, located in northeastern Pennsylvania. We have an update.
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Riverkeeper Tries to Bully DRBC to Reverse LNG Dock Decision

Speaking of New Fortress Energy and their planned northeast Pennsylvania LNG liquefaction facility (see today’s story, Work Begins to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant), in addition to chilling natural gas into LNG, you also need a way to load it onto ships and move it to other markets. New Fortress plans to build a $96 million, 1,600-foot-long pier on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River at the former DuPont dynamite factory site to dock and load two ships at a time.
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New Fortress Energy Founder/CEO Big-time Democrat Donor

Wes Edens

The bloom is off the rose for us with regard to New Fortress Energy and their plans to build several LNG export facilities in northeastern Pennsylvania (see Big News! Marcellus LNG Export Plant Coming to Landlocked NEPA), and an LNG export shipping facility along the banks of the Delaware River (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). We’ve just discovered New Fortress co-founder and co-CEO (and billionaire) Wed Edens is a big supporter of the Democrat Party–a party that wants to eliminate the business he’s in!
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New Fortress May Soon Get Federal Approval to Move LNG by Rail

LNG by rail car

Last week the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) approved a plan put forth by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River at the former DuPoint dynamite factory site, to export LNG that will arrive already liquefied from northeastern Pennsylvania (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). How will New Fortress get the already-liquefied LNG from landlocked NEPA to the Delaware for loading onto tankers? Via special trucks. However, New Fortress would also like to use railroads. That’s about to become a reality.
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DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River

Yesterday, over the shrill objections of THE Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) approved a plan put forth by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River at the former DuPoint dynamite factory site. The purpose of the pier? To dock and load two ships at a time–loading them with either LNG (liquefied natural gas) and/or NGLs (natural gas liquids, like propane, butane and ethane).
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New Fortress Energy NJ LNG Export Site to Store/Export NGLs Too

A few weeks ago MDN brought you the news that THE Delaware Riverkeeper had finally (months after everyone else knew) woke up to the fact that New Fortress Energy is planning to build an LNG loading facility on the banks of the Delaware River, on the New Jersey side, near Philadelphia (see Riverkeeper Sounds Alarm re New LNG Export Facility on Dela. River). The Philadelphia Inquirer just got around to covering Riverkeeper’s mock outrage about the facility, but then dug deeper and discovered what is for us new information: New Fortress plans to ship not only LNG out of that facility, but NGLs too.
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PA Marcellus Gas Going to Angola? New Fortress Inks LNG Deal

New Fortress Energy is expanding into the LNG space like gangbusters. We brought you a story about New Fortress’ billionaire co-founder just yesterday (see The Billionaire Behind New Fortress LNG Export Facility in NEPA). New Fortress is building at least two LNG export plants in land-locked northeastern Pennsylvania (see New Fortress Energy Building Second PA LNG Export Facility), with plans to build “five to ten” such plants over the next five years. New Fortress plans to export the LNG to places like Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and now…Angola, in West Africa.
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