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Pan Am Railways drops federal complaint against Portsmouth

Posted by Matthew P. LaFrenier on January 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Two subsidiaries of Pan Am Railways have dropped a federal complaint that they filed last fall against the city of Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1mX6Er0 ) the rail carriers asked a federal judge to exempt Pan Am from both local and state regulations stemming from the group's earlier plans to unload propane in the city.

Portsmouth and Pan Am officials said Tuesday that the dismissal was the end result of negotiations between the two parties.

At issue for the city was the subsidiaries' desire to transload propane on railroad property. Transloading is the process of unloading propane from rail cars onto waiting trucks.

Cynthia Scarano, executive vice president of Pan Am Railways, said Tuesday that the railroad filed the notice of dismissal without prejudice, meaning they can refile if necessary.

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