Archive for March, 2015

Franken Pushes For Bakken Oil Train Safety

Franken Pushes For Bakken Oil Train Safety

March 18, 2015|KDAL|WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDAL) – Senator Al Franken is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to take measures that address safety concerns of trains carrying Bakken oil from North Dakota across Minnesota.  In a letter to the acting head of the FRC, Franken pressed for regulations making the crude oil less volatile before it […]

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Crude oil joins rail industry staples as key revenue producer

March 17, 2015|Jamestown Sun| NEW YORK – U.S. railroads generated almost as much money last year hauling crude oil and sand, largely used in hydraulic fracturing, as they did moving industry staples like field crops and motor vehicles, according to a Reuters’ analysis of newly released federal data. The previously unreported company data submitted to the […]

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Oil train mishaps reveal tank car strengths and limitations

Oil train mishaps reveal tank car strengths and limitations

March 17, 2015 | Railway Age|Two same-day derailments of crude oil trains in Canada and a third in West Virginia two days later illustrate the strengths and limitations of the newest general-purpose tank cars plying North American rails. [Read the entire article here.]

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FRA: Tank cars must upgrade valves

FRA: Tank cars must upgrade valves

March 17, 2015|Railway Age|Under a fairly intense political spotlight spurred by a series of high-profile rail incidents involving crude-by-rail (CBR) shipments, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a “Railworthiness Directive requiring railroad tank car owners to replace unapproved valves currently installed in some tank cars.” [Read the entire article here.]

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Refiners Sue BNSF Railway Over $1,000 Oil Tank Car Surcharge

Refiners Sue BNSF Railway Over $1,000 Oil Tank Car Surcharge

March 17, 2015|Bloomberg Business| BNSF Railway Co. was sued by a trade group for 400 U.S. refining and petrochemical makers objecting to a $1,000 surcharge the nation’s biggest rail transporter of crude oil tacked onto older-model tank cars. The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers complain the surcharge is designed to encourage shippers to retrofit or […]

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Rail Industry Lobbied Against New Oil-by-Rail Safety Regulations The Day After Rail Accident

Rail Industry Lobbied Against New Oil-by-Rail Safety Regulations The Day After Rail Accident

  March 16, 2015| DESMOGBLOG.COM |With the recent run of exploding oil train accidents, it isn’t surprising that the rail industry has publicly expressed concern about hauling highly flammable oils like Bakken light crude and diluted tar sands. But that’s all the industry has done: express concern. It certainly hasn’t done anything to act on […]

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Safety concerns grow along paths of oil tanker train traffic

Safety concerns grow along paths of oil tanker train traffic

March 15,2015|Journal Sentinel|A growing tide of crude oil is being shipped by railroads through Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, at a time when the industry is coming under closer scrutiny because of safety concerns. Four freight trains carrying crude oil have crashed and burned in the United States and Canada since mid-February. [Read the entire article here.]

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Feds require removal of oil train parts involved in leaks

Feds require removal of oil train parts involved in leaks

March 14, 2015|The Hill| The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is ordering freight rail companies to remove faulty parts it says have been involved in multiple oil train leaks recently. The agency said the parts, which are valves that were manufactured by Tennessee-based company McKenzie Valve & Machining LLC, are resulting in “tank cars leaking small […]

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Crude-oil train wrecks raise questions about safety claims

Crude-oil train wrecks raise questions about safety claims

March 13, 2015|La Times| Four accidents in the last month involving trains hauling crude oil across North America have sent flames shooting hundreds of feet into the sky, leaving some experts worried that public safety risks have been gravely underestimated. Crude trains have crashed in Illinois, West Virginia and twice in Ontario, Canada, forcing evacuations […]

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Oil-loading facility sanctioned in Washington rail car spill

Oil-loading facility sanctioned in Washington rail car spill

March 13, 2015|McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a violation against a North Dakota loading facility over a leaking oil car in northwest Washington state that initially wasn’t reported to state officials for a month. The leak was discovered at the BP Cherry Point refinery near Ferndale, Wash., in early November […]

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