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Canada revamps pipeline safety rules ahead of new projects


By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER, May 14 (Reuters) – Canada unveiled new rules on Wednesday to enhance pipeline safety and spill response, ahead of the development of new projects proposed to carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands to coastal ports for export. The new legislation will give Canada’s energy regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), more power to enforce compliance on safety ...

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Two miners killed in W. Va. coal mining operation

By Keith Ward Jr. | The Charleston Gazette, W. Va. Two miners were killed last night at a Patriot Coal operation in Boone County where federal officials said last year they would increase enforcement because of a pattern of serious violations and unreported worker injuries. Federal and state officials this morning confirmed the deaths occurred at Patriot’s Brody Mine No. ...

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Federal Watchdog: Pipeline safety oversight shoddy

By Joan Lowy | The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The federal agency responsible for making sure states effectively oversee the safety of natural gas and other pipelines is failing to do its job, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday. The federal effort is so riddled with weaknesses that it’s not possible to ensure states are enforcing pipeline ...

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Fire contained at Colorado power plant; 1 injured

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) – A blaze at an aging coal-fired power plant in Colorado Springs on Monday challenged firefighters, shut down the facility and forced the city’s utilities department to turn to a backup plant to restore power to thousands of customers. One contractor was hospitalized and more than 22,000 people lost electricity for about 30 minutes during the ...

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UN panel to weigh dangers of oil-by-rail cargo

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By Patrick Rucker (Reuters) – A U.N. panel will examine the rules for handling the kind of oil-by-rail shipments involved in several recent fiery derailments in a move that could rattle the fast-growing sector. The U.N. panel for shipping hazardous materials said this week it accepted a request from U.S. and Canadian experts to revisit rules that govern shipping the ...

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After Lac-Megantic disaster, CP Rail advocates shipper insurance

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OTTAWA, April 3 (Reuters) – Governments should require companies shipping crude oil by rail to carry enough liability insurance to make up for shortfalls in coverage carried by railways, the president of Canada’s second-largest rail operator said on Thursday. Currently, there are no requirements in Canada for shippers of oil and other dangerous cargo to carry liability insurance against accidents, Keith ...

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Oil industry balks at sharing crucial rail data -U.S. regulator

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WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – The oil industry has failed to share important data on oil-by-rail shipments that may help regulators prevent future mishaps, a leading U.S. Department of Transportation regulator said on Tuesday. Cynthia Quarterman, chief of the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, specifically cited the American Petroleum Institute, the industry’s top lobbying group, for not keeping its ...

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Canada safety board urges faster phase-out of old rail tankers

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OTTAWA, April 1 (Reuters) – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada renewed its call on Tuesday for the speedy phase-out of older oil-by-rail cars in light of last summer’s inferno that killed 47 people in an oil train explosion in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. “A long and gradual phase-out of older-model cars simply isn’t good enough,” Transportation Safety Board Chair ...

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Second crude oil train safety check finds minor problems

ALBANY — Three Capital Region rail yards were the latest targets in an ongoing “inspection blitz” touted Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that aims to reduce risks of potential derailments and explosions of massive crude oil trains that are passing through the state. State and federal inspectors hit the sprawling West Albany yard, just south of Interstate 90; the Kenwood ...

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Congress to investigate rail safety

By: Don Davis, Forum News Service, INFORUM WASHINGTON – The U.S. House and Senate plan separate hearings on railroad safety after a series of derailments produced a flood of safety concerns. A Senate committee plans a Thursday hearing, while one in the House will be Feb. 26. Trains hauling crude oil from western North Dakota have been involved in a variety ...

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