Oct 3, 2015 11:44 AM
Rail carriers want propane transfer facility in downtown Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH - Two rail carriers whose lines run through the city have asked a federal judge to find them exempt from certain regulations that apply to their plan to transfer propane from rail cars to trucks downtown.
Boston and Maine Corp. and Springfield Terminal Railway Co., subsidiaries of Pan Am Railways, filed a complaint on Wednesday in federal court in Concord against the city and City Manager John Bohenko.
According to seacoastonline.com, the rail carriers want to transfer propane from rail cars to trucks at the downtown location, arguing the transfer facility is needed because the city is opposed to a proposed expansion at Sea-3, a propane distributor in Newington.
Sea-3 has typically received propane by ship from overseas, but the market has changed as propane is being produced much cheaper domestically, which creates the need to receive it by rail, Vice President of Operations Paul Bogan noted, according to seacoastonline.
In the complaint, attorneys for the rail companies ask the court to rule that the ordinances cannot be applied to “prohibit construction and operation” of a transloading facility in downtown Portsmouth in the Portsmouth yard.
Bohenko declined to comment on the complaint Friday, saying he has not read it yet and the city has not been served.