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LNG-By-Rail Hits Tracks in Alaska: What Are the Risks and Why the Secrecy?

By Sharon Kelly and Steve Horn For the first time ever, liquefied natural gas ( LNG ) has been shipped by railroad in the U.S., prompting concerns about risks of accidents and a lack of state or federal regulation for the new and hazardous cargo. The 40-foot long cryogenic tanks owned by the Japanese company Hitachi, built to be transported by rail, truck, and barge, will each carry more than 7,000 gallons of natural gas, which has been chilled down to negative 260 degrees Fahrenheit, from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska.
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