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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

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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

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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

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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.
(AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

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

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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

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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.
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Train carrying crude oil derails in Canada

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

BNSF freight train with crude oil derails near Illinois city

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According to railroad officials, the train derailed around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi.
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Volatile Bakken crude expected to keep flowing through Texas

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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 […]
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)

West Virginia train derailment puts focus on rail safety

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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.
A fire burns Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, after a train derailment near Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/John Raby)

West Virginia oil train derailment: Fires for hours, smoke

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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.