Archive for May, 2015

New oil-train rules leave a lot of questions unanswered

New oil-train rules leave a lot of questions unanswered

May 1, 2015 | McClatchy DC | WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Canadian governments on Friday unveiled a long-awaited new standard for the tank cars used to transport crude oil and ethanol that includes numerous safety improvements. But it is far from the final word on efforts to reduce the risk of catastrophic derailments, such […]

New oil train speed limits unlikely to stop explosive crashes

May 1, 2015 | Reuters | New U.S. and Canadian speed limits for oil trains will do little to temper the likelihood and severity of explosive accidents that have grown in frequency over the past two years, critics of new regulations said on Friday. Walking a line between increasing safety and keeping oil shipments moving […]

New oil-train safety rules will put public back in the dark

New oil-train safety rules will put public back in the dark

May 1, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON — Details about rail shipments of crude oil and ethanol will be made exempt from public disclosure under new regulations announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday. The department will end its requirement, put in place a year ago, that required railroads to share information about […]

U.S., Canadian regulators to announce new oil train safety standards Today

May 1, 2015 | McClatchy DC| The U.S. Department of Transportation will unveil its long-awaited regulations on oil trains Friday, almost two years after 47 people were killed in a fiery derailment in Quebec. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will announce the new rules with his Canadian counterpart, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, in Washington this morning. […]

On anniversary of Lynchburg derailment, Warner, Kaine back fee for oil trains

May 1, 2015 | Richmond Times-Dispatch |  A year after a train carrying millions of gallons of crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine co-sponsored legislation today that would apply a fee to every old-model rail car transporting highly volatile crude from the Bakken shale fields in North […]