Tag: rail

Fracking sand spurs grain-like silos for rail transport

The sleepy silica sand industry that once mostly supplied glassmakers now ships more than 20 million tons of the material a year. Buyers including Halliburton Co. and Schlumberger Ltd. use the sand in hydraulic fracturing at oil fields in Texas and North Dakota.  More »

Cleanup to begin at site of Pennsylvania derailment

Cleanup is scheduled to begin Tuesday at the site of a train derailment in northeastern Pennsylvania.  More »

EIA: Natural gas will slash diesel’s dominance as rail fuel

Liquefied natural gas will likely eat into diesel’s market share in fueling freight locomotives over coming decades, largely because U.S. natural gas will remain cheap as domestic production surges, the Energy Information Administration projects.  More »

California to see surge in oil brought in by rail

Government regulators predict a surge in U.S. oil production will means a steep increase in the number of trains carrying it to California refineries.  More »

Feds: Industry hampering oil train safety

U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.  More »

Economist: Transport causing ‘serious logistical challenge’ for shale boom

Despite major accidents in the past year, U.S. oil companies must keep leveraging the nation’s railroads to move crude to markets while they build a much more extensive pipeline network, an energy economics professor said Tuesday.  More »

New York calls for federal spill response plans amid rail accidents

New York officials asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to update a contingency plan for dealing with oil spills amid the rapid expansion of rail shipments of crude oil from North Dakota across New York to coastal refineries.  More »

Crude oil shipments up 83 percent on US railroads

The number of carloads of crude oil U.S. railroads delivered last year surged 83 percent over 2012 as concerns about the shipments grow.  More »

Feds detail tests for crude moved by rail

Federal regulators offered more details on testing requirements for oil transported by rail on Thursday and warned companies against skirting the rules after a spate of explosions caused by crude train derailments in the U.S. and Canada.  More »

Refiners ask for timeout on new oil-by-rail tests

Refiners are pleading with U.S. regulators for a timeout on new mandates on North Dakota oil before loading it onto train tankers.  More »

Oil-sands cargos face tougher US rail-shipping rules

Train shipments of crude are under review across North America after a U.S. emergency order requiring new safety measures to prevent accidents.  More »

Rail projects boosting oil flow to California refineries

California, the third-biggest refining state in the U.S., is about to see a flood of oil by rail from places such as Canada and North Dakota as suppliers seek to tap a market isolated from the rest of the country.  More »
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