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Railroads warn they will miss deadline for safety system, stopping cargo in its tracks

The consequences could be steep for the oil and gas industry, which increasingly turned to rail during a domestic drilling boom to move crude and refined petroleum products across North America.

USD Partners buying oil rail terminal for $225 million

Houston’s USD Partners will spend $225 million to buy a crude-to-rail loading terminal and related assets in Casper, Wyoming.
In this July 6, 2013, photo, smoke rises from railway cars from now defunct Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways company that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Judge poised to sign off on oil train disaster settlement

A $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is poised for final approval, but payments could be held up by a legal challenge from one of that country’s largest railways
Derailed oil tanker train cars burn near Mount Carbon, W.Va., Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. A CSX train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

To boost the safety of moving oil by rail, focus on the tracks, paper argues

From integrity sensors to measurement systems, an array of technologies can help ensure tracks are sound, said Brigham McCown, chairman of the alliance and a former head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Burning oil tank cars from a BNSF train that derailed at Heimdal, North Dakota lay askew along the railroad tracks on Wednesday afternoon, May 6, 2015. The train pulling 107 tank cars filled with crude oil was passing through the small town when six of the cars derailed. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Oil in North Dakota derailment was treated to cut volatility

Hess Corp. spokesman John Roper said the company’s oil complied with a state law that requires propane, butane and other volatile gases to be stripped out of crude before it can be transported. That conditioning process lowers the vapor pressure of the oil to reduce the chance of an ignition during a crash.
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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.
July 16, 2013,  workers at the crash site of the train derailment and fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The July 6, 2013 derailment left 47 people dead.  (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, Pool)

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.
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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.
Smoke erupts from the scene of a train derailment Thursday, March 5, 2015, near Galena, Ill. A BNSF Railway freight train loaded with crude oil derailed. (AP Photo/Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly)

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.

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