Murkowski Commends Approval of Alaska Railroad to Transport LNG

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski responded to the news that the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) became the first railroad in the nation permitted to transport liquefied natural gas by rail, saying:                                                               

“I am pleased the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently approved the Alaska Railroad's request to move liquefied natural gas via rail to Fairbanks. The Interior of Alaska is in need of an affordable energy source and natural gas by rail holds real promise.”

The Alaska Railroad filed a preliminary approval request with the FRA on November 14, 2014 and the full application on February 6, 2015. The application was granted October 9, 2015.

“Our Fairbanks families, many of whom serve our country in the armed forces, deserve affordable energy.‎ With many details still to be addressed, I look forward to continued cooperation with FRA to move LNG to our Interior communities. I appreciate the FRA working with my office on this issue and will continue to work to facilitate solutions to address our energy needs in the Interior and across the state, but this is a great step."