Tesoro building crude railcars stronger than new US rules require

Reuters May 18, 2015 By Kristen Hays U.S. refiner Tesoro Corp has ordered new crude oil railcars with features that surpass safety standards that federal regulators set this month, executives told Reuters. The 210 tank cars being built in northern Louisiana are so-called pressure cars, with the same design as those that carry liquid petroleum […]

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Transporting Oil by Train

The New York Times May 13, 2015 By Chet Thompson To the Editor: Re “New Oil Train Rules Are Hit From All Sides” (Business Day, May 2): The Transportation Department’s new rail safety rules are not sufficiently comprehensive. The almost exclusive focus on making rail cars stronger fails to recognize the need to prevent rail […]

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Senators push to lift crude oil export ban

The Hill May 13, 2014 By Devin Henry Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) have introduced a bill to lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. The bill would fulfill one of Murkowski’s biggest energy priorities and allow American oil companies to export crude oil as they do petroleum products. It would […]

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Oil train derailments: Inspectors looking for track defects

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette May 10, 2015 By Daniel Moore On a snowy morning in February 2014, a Norfolk Southern freight train snaked east through rural Westmoreland County with 83 of its cars loaded with crude oil. It was cruising at about 30 mph near Vandergrift when it hit a section of track where the rail was […]

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