Tag: rail

Refiners group wants broader approach to crude-by-rail safety

Proposed tank car standards don’t address the root cause of oil train derailments, said Charles Drevna, head of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers.  More »

Canada safety board says tank car standards needed sooner

A new standard was enacted in Canada after a fiery derailment in July, 2013 in the center of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killed 47 people, but oil trains meeting the new standard continue to derail and catch fire throughout North America.  More »

After oil spills, feds order valve replacements on 6,000 tank cars

The Federal Railroad Administration on Friday ordered the owners of an estimated 6,000 tank cars to replace unapproved valves that have caused oil to leak from trains heaving crude.  More »

Railroads work to recover from derailments as group calls for oil train ban

Canadian National Railway Co. is building a 1,500-foot long track to bypass a burning train that derailed Saturday in northern Ontario, while BNSF Railway Co. crews were working Sunday to reopen track in rural Illinois after a train carrying oil derailed three days ago.  More »

Train carrying crude oil derails in Canada

The derailment involved 10 train cars — some of which caught fire and entered the Mattagami River System, police said  More »

BNSF freight train with crude oil derails near Illinois city

According to railroad officials, the train derailed around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi.  More »

Volatile Bakken crude expected to keep flowing through Texas

AUSTIN – Despite falling oil prices, production cutbacks and persistent safety concerns, rail officials plan to continue shipping millions of gallons of volatile crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota through Texas, according to updated records provided by state officials on Wednesday. Average weekly volumes reflect little change from a first batch of […]  More »

West Virginia train derailment puts focus on rail safety

The fiery derailment near Mount Carbon, W.V., shines a spotlight on steps that could make it safer to transport crude by rail, including automated braking systems and better track maintenance.  More »

West Virginia oil train derailment: Fires for hours, smoke

Emergency crews and environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker containing crude oil into a river and also caused a nearby house to catch fire.  More »

Canada Pacific rail and Teamsters agree to arbitration, ending strike

Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference agreed to go into mediated arbitration, ending a strike that began over the weekend, Labor Minister Kellie Leitch said. As a result, Canada’s federal government will no longer be pursuing back-to-work legislation, Leitch said at a press conference in Ottawa on Monday. “The strike is over,” Leitch said. “My expectation is that people return to work quickly.”  More »

Canadian National’s main line shuts after crude cars derail

The train of 100 cars, all carrying crude from Canada’s oil-producing region of Alberta to eastern Canada, derailed just before midnight Saturday in a remote and wooded area about 30 miles north of Gogama, Ontario, Canadian National Railway nspokesman Patrick Waldron said in an e-mail  More »

Permitting, prices holding back new pipelines

“This may be the most difficult time ever to expand pipeline capacity,” Andrew Black, CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, told lawmakers on Tuesday.  More »

BNSF moving more crude oil across eastern Nebraska

BNSF said it is moving about a dozen oil trains through eastern Nebraska each week. That’s up from three trains a week last summer.  More »

Oil group to focus on midstream issues

The American Petroleum Institute’s decision to create a new midstream department focusing on that segment of the oil and gas industry follows the lead of regulators, executives and environmentalists who also are increasingly involved in energy infrastructure.  More »

Low oil prices unlikely to hurt railroads much

Carloads of crude oil spiked well over 4000 percent between 2008 and last year — from 9,500 carloads to 435,560 — as production boomed and the cost for a barrel of oil soared into the triple digits.  More »
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