The only extension request PHMSA admitted to today, as it
extended the comment period for a month, was from two members of Congress.
That request notes:
If Energy Transport Solutions intends to run 100+ rail tank cars on the Florida East Coast Railway, PHMSA would be placing large swaths of people and critical infrastructure (hospitals, schools, highways, and even the President’s Mar-a-Lago resort) in jeopardy.
3.3.2 Probability of Delayed Ignition
PHMSA also took the opportunity to add an Updated Environmental Assessment (EA),
Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA),
which is worthless: “The scope of the QRA addresses unit train movements along one example route located in the Northeastern United States.”
The QRA has no maps nor any specific identification of populations,
schools, hospitals, businesses, nor even identification of which route
is the example, nor which other routes might be used for shipping LNG by rail.
This all to me sounds like PHMSA always intended to extend,
and to add these less than useful documents.
PHMSA also claims it added
“The Energy Transport Solutions, LLC special permit application (in redacted form)” but I can’t find that online,
so we still don’t even really know who the applicant is.