Tag: rail

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 »

Cheap oil jamming rails means higher U.S. power bills

While the U.S. has the world’s biggest coal reserves, utilities are forecast by the government to end the year with the lowest stockpiles since 2005.  More »

New railroad rebuilding business after disaster in Quebec

Central Maine and Quebec Railway spent $10 million on track improvements over the summer to increase train speeds that had been lowered to 10 mph in some places because of deferred maintenance.  More »

Phillips 66 to spend $700M more next year

The company said it will spend $4.6 billion next year, with more than two-thirds of that investment earmarked for boosting its midstream assets.  More »

Green groups sue DOT over oil-by-rail regulations

The groups want the Transportation Department to block refiners and other shippers from using older, rupture-prone tank cars to move crude from the Bakken formation in North Dakota.  More »

Dayton: Pipelines part of solution to rail backlog

Heavy rail traffic originating from North Dakota’s oil fields has long been blamed for the shipping delays that have affected farmers and coal and propane suppliers throughout the Midwest.  More »

Rail on track for LNG fuel, but schedule isn’t set

Those hoping for natural gas-powered car fleets on the nation’s highways might want to first look to railroads, where analysts say a there’s a more compelling case to pioneer a switch to natural gas-pulled trains.  More »

Oil industry wants 7-10 years to phase out tank cars

Leading oil industry trade groups on Tuesday told federal regulators that proposed regulations to boost the safety of transporting crude by trains need to be phased in more slowly and should not mandate tank cars with extra-thick shells.  More »
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