A Tesoro Corp. refinery, including a gas flare that is part normal plant operations, is shown Friday, April 2, 2010, in Anacortes, Wash. (AP file photo/Ted S. Warren)

Investigators call for more refinery oversight after Tesoro blast

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Federal chemical safety investigators are recommending tougher state and federal oil refinery oversight after a 2010 explosion and fire at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes that killed seven workers.
A Tesoro Corp. refinery, including a gas flare that is part normal plant operations, is shown Friday, April 2, 2010, in Anacortes, Wash. (AP file photo/Ted S. Warren)

Investigators delay finalizing report on fatal Tesoro refinery blast

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has delayed finalizing its investigative report into an April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, prompting criticism from its own members and others.
A fire at a biodiesel facility near New Albany, Miss., burns Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.  The fire was so hot that firefighters could not get close enough to fight it, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said. The plant is located near New Albany on Mississippi Highway 15, which has been closed to traffic. Firefighters are letting it burn out. (AP Photo/The New Albany Gazette, Angie Barmer)

Crew extinguishes Mississippi plant fire

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The fire, put out about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, had been burning since early Wednesday at the plant near New Albany, but no injuries were reported. There were also at least three explosions at JNS Biofuels, formerly known as North Mississippi Biodiesel.
A fire at a biodiesel facility near New Albany, Miss., burns Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.  The fire was so hot that firefighters could not get close enough to fight it, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said. The plant is located near New Albany on Mississippi Highway 15, which has been closed to traffic. Firefighters are letting it burn out. (AP Photo/The New Albany Gazette, Angie Barmer)

Explosion causes fire at Mississippi biodiesel plant

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An evacuation was ordered after winds began shifting smoke from the blaze and heavy smoke began to accumulate on the ground, said Union County Emergency Management Director Curt Clayton.
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Federal regulators check Eagle Ford oil flammability

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After warning this month that crude oil from a booming shale field in North Dakota may be particularly flammable, federal regulators are testing oil from the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.
Searchers dig through the rubble for victims of the inferno in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Monday, July 8, 2013, as  firefighter continue to hose down tanker cars to prevent explosions.  A runaway train derailed igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil .  (AP Photo/ THE CANADIAN PRESS,Ryan Remiorz)

Railroad in deadly Canada derailment auctioned off

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A Chapter 11 trustee had said the goal was to recoup losses for creditors while keeping the entire rail line in operation.

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A fire from a train derailment burns uncontrollably as seen in this aerial photograph Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, west of Casselton, N.D. (AP Photo/The Forum, Michael Vosburg)

In N. Dakota, derailment strengthens pipeline push

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The explosive derailment of an oil train near Casselton last month has North Dakota’s senators pushing harder than ever for expanded oil pipelines.
Workers unload the first crude oil unit train to arrive at Jefferson Energy Companies' Jefferson Transload Railport facility at the Port of Beaumont in Orange County, Dec. 11, 2013.  (Mark Viator/Jefferson Energy Companies)

U.S. officials call for more safety for oil by rail

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The changes proposed are all voluntary.
Smoke and flames billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/ContraCosta Times, D. Ross Cameron )

U.S. safety board rejects overhaul of Calif. refineries

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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board rejected a proposed overhaul of California’s refinery safety practices – recently touted by its chairman after the 2012 Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, Calif., – saying the overly ambitious plan would do little to immediately improve safety and needs further study.
(Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

Senator criticizes federal timetable for new rail tanker rules

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The Department of Transportation needs to speed up its timeline for finalizing new rules on the construction of rail tanker cars, Sen. John Hoeven said Wednesday.