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Regulation & Environment: Canada’s aggressive on crude oil by rail regs; the US, not so much

Regulation & Environment: Canada’s aggressive on crude oil by rail regs; the US, not so much

June 9, 2014 | The Barrel | Both the US and Canada have experienced fiery crashes of crude oil moving by rail; in Canada, it has also been tragic. The pace of regulations to deal with crude-by-rail in the wake of it are moving at very different paces in the two countries. Herman Wang looks […]

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Washington City Rejects Massive Oil Train Project, Citing ‘Unacceptable Risks’

Washington City Rejects Massive Oil Train Project, Citing ‘Unacceptable Risks’

June 4, 2014 | Thinkprogress.org | Flanked by hundreds of concerned residents, the City Council of Vancouver in southwestern Washington State voted early Tuesday morning to formally oppose what would be the Pacific Northwest’s largest crude oil train terminal, saying the project poses “unacceptable risks” to the city’s population of 160,000. [Read the entire article […]

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Oil industry scrambles to retrofit rail cars

April 25, 2014 | globeandmail.com | OTTAWA and TORONTO — Oil producers in Canada and the United States could see their plans for aggressive expansion of crude-by-rail short-circuited if American regulators follow Ottawa’s lead and force the industry to retire or retrofit tank cars built before 2011. Industry officials warn that the railway supply industry […]

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Trailing Canada, U.S. Starts a Push for Safer Oil Shipping

Trailing Canada, U.S. Starts a Push for Safer Oil Shipping

April 25, 2014 | The New York Times | A day after Canada issued stringent new rules for the transportation of oil by rail, federal regulators in the United States said on Thursday that they would push forward their own tank standards next week, potentially resolving a critical safety issue that has been mired in […]

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Explosive train derailments prompt U.S. to advocate for safety improvements of oil transport

April 23, 2014 | PBS Newshour | JUDY WOODRUFF: Most of the time, when we talk about the boom in oil production in the U.S., we focus on costs and the environment. But the boom has also led to a major rise in how much oil is being moved around the country by rail. In […]

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U.N. panel to weigh dangers of oil-by-rail cargo

April 3, 2014 | Reuters | (Reuters) – A U.N. panel will examine the rules for handling the kind of oil-by-rail shipments involved in several recent fiery derailments in a move that could rattle the fast-growing sector. The U.N. panel for shipping hazardous materials said this week it accepted a request from U.S. and Canadian […]

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Bakken oil shipments of any size need emergency plans, report urges Ottawa

Bakken oil shipments of any size need emergency plans, report urges Ottawa

February 6, 2014 | Globe & Mail | Cities, firefighters and industry are calling on Transport Canada to require companies that ship as little as one car of volatile Bakken oil by rail to have detailed emergency response plans. The recommendation is in a new report commissioned after the devastating accident in Lac-Mégantic, Que., that […]

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Moncton’s fire chief wants derailment training from CN

Moncton’s fire chief wants derailment training from CN

February 4, 2014 | CBC News | Moncton’s fire chief is keen to take advantage of an offer from CN Rail to train municipal firefighters to deal with train derailments. The company is making the offer as part of its outreach program following rail disasters in Lac-Mégantic, Que., in July and in Plaster Rock last […]

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Crude oil shipments by rail on the rise in B.C. despite Lac-Megantic disaster

Crude oil shipments by rail on the rise in B.C. despite Lac-Megantic disaster

January 24, 2014 | Quebec Gazette | OTTAWA — Shipments of crude oil by rail are steaming forward in B.C. even as investigators said Thursday the federal government has failed to eliminate “critical weaknesses” in the rail system in the six months since the deadly Lac-Megantic train disaster. Officials from the Transportation Safety Board delivered […]

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NTSB: Oil train crash risks ‘major loss of life’

NTSB: Oil train crash risks ‘major loss of life’

January 23, 2014 | AP | WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning that a “major loss of life” could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules. The unusual joint recommendations by the U.S. […]

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