Archive for March, 2014

Major Gaps in Plan to Slow Down Oil Trains

Major Gaps in Plan to Slow Down Oil Trains

March 9, 2014 | National Journal | Communities across the country seeing a glut of trains carrying crude from America’s booming oil fields could feel left behind by a new government and industry push to improve safety on the rails. The Transportation Department and the American Association of Railroads, a group representing major North American […]

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Senator Heitkamp Presses API on DOT-111’s, Fleet Size Increases, None Removed

March 7, 2014 | Star Tribune | WASHINGTON – Virtually all of the potentially unsafe rail cars carrying crude oil across the country remain in service, hauling highly flammable liquid, an official from the American Petroleum Institute (API) testified at a Senate hearing on rail safety Thursday. API official Prentiss Searles told Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, […]

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Lawmakers focus on rail safety as more oil trains to move through Pa.

Lawmakers focus on rail safety as more oil trains to move through Pa.

March 7, 2014 | Newsworks.org | As many as 500 people have been working around the clock to turn an old coal-fired power plant in Eddystone, Delaware County, into a terminal for crude oil. By the end of April, trains hauling 80,000 barrels of crude will arrive every day from North Dakota to help feed […]

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Senators: Government too slow to write safety rules

Senators: Government too slow to write safety rules

March 6, 2014 | AP| WASHINGTON (AP) — Government regulators are taking too long to write new rail safety regulations in light of recent fiery oil train accidents and a deadly commuter train derailment, senators complained Thursday. Railroads are also taking too long to implement safety improvements Congress ordered under legislation passed seven years ago, […]

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Too Much Propane Could Be a Factor in Exploding Oil Trains

Too Much Propane Could Be a Factor in Exploding Oil Trains

March 5, 2014 |  InsideClimateNews.org  | — As federal regulators continue investigating why tank cars on three trains carrying North Dakota crude oil have exploded in the past eight months, energy experts say part of the problem might be that some producers are deliberately leaving too much propane in their product, making the oil riskier […]

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Lac-Mégantic crude as explosive as gasoline, says TSB

Lac-Mégantic crude as explosive as gasoline, says TSB

March 6, 2014 | The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its engineering laboratory report (LP148/2013) Thursday, March 6, 2014, analyzing the petroleum crude oil contained in tank cars of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MM&A) train that derailed on July 6, 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The derailment and resultant explosion killed 47 […]

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Buffett’s BNSF Crude-Oil Cars Spur $5 Billion Safety Spat

Buffett’s BNSF Crude-Oil Cars Spur $5 Billion Safety Spat

March 5, 2014 | Bloomberg News | A push by Warren Buffett’s railroad to boost oil-shipment safety is meeting resistance from Hess Corp. (HES) and other companies that say the plan would mean a surge in costs and force them to scrap thousands of tank cars. A series of accidents including a Quebec crash that […]

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Clean-up progressing at Delaware County train derailment site

Clean-up progressing at Delaware County train derailment site

March 5, 2014 | Columbus Dispatch | DELAWARE, Ohio — Trains could again be moving through a derailment site in Delaware County as soon as midnight, a spokesman for the Norfolk Southern Railroad said today. Thirty-three railroad cars hauling corn derailed on tracks north of Delaware yesterday afternoon. [Read the entire article here.]

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Train Derails Near U.S. 42 In Delaware

Train Derails Near U.S. 42 In Delaware

WCMH: News, Weather, and Sports for Columbus, Ohio March, 5, 2014| NBC4i | DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio – A train carrying corn grain derailed in Delaware County Tuesday afternoon, closing a portion of a local road. According to the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, a train derailed near U.S. 42 and Horseshoe Road in Delaware County […]

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Refiners ask for timeout on new oil-by-rail tests

Refiners ask for timeout on new oil-by-rail tests

March 4, 2014 | Fuel Fix | HOUSTON — Refiners are pleading with U.S. regulators for a timeout on new mandates forcing them to run a battery of tests on oil before loading it onto train tankers. Uncertainty about the testing requirements outlined in the Transportation Department’s Feb. 25 emergency order could prompt some companies […]

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