Tag: rail

Regulator: New oil train rules could have wide reach

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx suggested Monday that coming mandates to boost the safety of hauling oil by train will go beyond requiring changes to the tank cars.  More »

Logistics exec says rail trumps pipelines

Because trains offer flexibility that fixed pipelines can’t match, the trend of moving oil by rail is here to stay, an energy executive told industry leaders and analysts Monday.  More »

Influence game: Shaping railroad safety rules

Billions of dollars are riding on how oil train safety rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  More »

Quebec town still recovering from train disaster

A year has passed since a runaway oil train slid quietly down a hill in the middle of the night and derailed in a series of explosions that obliterated a large swath of downtown Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.  More »

Trains keep rolling from Permian Basin

Trains will roll all month out of the Permian Basin, the largest onshore U.S. oil field, as production outpaces pipeline capacity and a refinery outage saps demand.  More »

North Dakota discloses oil train shipment details

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said a pattern of fiery accidents involving trains carrying crude from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana had created an “imminent hazard” to public safety.  More »

From A to B: The Future of Rail

As bureaucratic red tape ensnares pipeline projects, shippers are turning to railroads as an alternative mode of transportation. Sustained by the unexpected increase in shipping crude oil by rail, some companies are beginning to consider transporting natural gas as remote drilling locations emerge far from existing infrastructure. The booming natural gas industry is in desperate […]  More »

California warns of oil-by-rail while keeping data secret

California’s government agencies aren’t ready to handle the safety risks accompanying a boom in oil shipments by train, the state said in a report this week.  More »

Trains full of crude boost US share in refiners’ mix

East Coast refiners are using less imported oil, as trains deliver crude from the prolific Bakken Shale in North Dakota.  More »

Railroads seek to limit oil train disclosures despite order in wake of explosions

Two railroad companies want to prevent the public from getting ahold of details about oil shipments through Washington state, a disclosure the federal government ordered be given to state emergency managers in the wake of several oil train accidents.  More »

California lawmakers vote on fracking ban, oil train safety

The state Senate is moving to prepare for accidental spills and explosions as more oil is shipped into California by rail.  More »

Oil-by-rail protests planned to mark Canadian disaster

A new interactive online map of rail routes shows how oil is rumbling across the nation’s train tracks, as federal regulators consider new requirements for tank cars carrying the crude and opponents plan vigils commemorating last year’s devastating derailment in Canada.  More »
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