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U.S. oil-rail flux means no retrofit bonanza for tank car makers

NEW YORK – When U.S. regulators adopted new rules last May to make hauling crude by rail safer, shippers anticipated relatively moderate costs and adjustments while rail tank car makers geared up for a retrofitting bonanza. It has not worked out that way. Months later, oil companies are learning that meeting the new standards is more expensive and complicated than ...

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Using bad tank cars? Then pay a fee, Brown proposes

Sen. Sherrod Brown wants shippers using tank cars that have been linked to fiery train derailments to pay fees that would be used to reroute train tracks, train first responders and clean up spills. Brown has proposed fees that start at $175 per car for those using the DOT-111, a tank car that federal regulators have warned hazardous-material shippers against ...

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New federal regulations on oil tank-car trains face challenges

The U.S. railroad industry, several environmental groups and two Chicago suburbs are challenging the federal government’s recently unveiled regulations intended to enhance the safety of milelong trains carrying volatile crude oil, dozens of which pass through the metro area each week. The organizations, along with the city of Aurora and the village of Barrington, contend that the regulations announced May ...

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U.S. green groups sue in challenge to oil train safety rules

WASHINGTON – Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the regulations are too weak to protect the public. The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, charge that the rules, issued on May 1, will allow industry to continue to use “unsafe tank cars” ...

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‘Get them off rails now,’ Sen. Cantwell says of some oil tank cars

WASHINGTON — Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., introduced legislation Wednesday that would immediately ban the least sturdy tank cars from carrying crude oil after a series of recent fiery train derailments. The bill also would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to regulate the volatility of crude oil transported by rail, particularly oil extracted from shale formations in North Dakota’s Bakken ...

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Oil train transportation safety study goes to Legislature

Attempts to improve oil transportation safety measures are continuing at state and federal levels, while an Anacortes refinery is seeking to appeal Skagit County’s request for a thorough environmental review for a proposed rail offloading facility. The state Department of Ecology sent its final Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study to the Legislature on Monday. The agency says it received ...

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Texas reconsiders and will disclose oil train records

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas officials have reconsidered their decision to withhold details of how many trains carry at least 1 million gallons of crude oil across the state each week. The Texas Attorney General’s office decided last week that the records BNSF and Kansas City Southern railroads gave the state should be disclosed. Previously, the Texas Department of Public Safety ...

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White House considering oil train safety upgrades

The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry’s voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. A look at what’s rolling on U.S. rails: OLDER TANK CARS “Legacy” tank cars have a shell that is seven-sixteenths of an inch thick, and no shields to protect ...

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U.S. oil trains are taking high-stakes risks with lives: Kemp

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own LONDON, Feb 17 – Five hundred and ninety one days have passed since a train carrying crude oil derailed and incinerated the town of Lac Megantic in Quebec. In that time, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has still not finalized new safety rules on tank car ...

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