Tag: tankers

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 »

Texas crude vies with Saudi Arabia for California shipments

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, the pipeline operator that’s buying U.S. oil tankers, said it’s in talks to ship Texas crude to California through the Panama Canal.  More »

Mayor: Town dodged a bullet in crude train explosion

A southeastern North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded nearby, the mayor said Tuesday, calling for changes in how the fuel is transported across the U.S.  More »

Melting Arctic easing access to fossil fuels

More direct northern sea routes may be opening up in the Arctic, as the melting of the ice has made previously unnavigable routes a growing possibility for large ships, including tankers carrying oil and gas, an expert said Wednesday at the Third Houston Shipping and Offshore Conference.  More »

New website tracks tar sands shipments to West Coast

Activists fighting Canadian oil sands launched a website that tracks tanker ships carrying the diluted bitumen from the oil sands and even alerts you when a “tar sands tanker” sails into your area.  More »

Senators fear spills tied to Cuban drilling, Canadian oil

Concerns about offshore drilling in foreign territories and oil transported in international waters close to the U.S. dominated a Senate hearing today that was designed to focus on last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Senators pressed administration officials and industry representatives about the environmental risks from tankers carrying Canadian crude and offshore drilling planned for Cuban waters this fall.  More »