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U.S. sets new final rule on oil, ethanol trains

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Wednesday released a new regulation intended to prevent explosive rail disasters such as the 2013 oil train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The new rule by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires two qualified railroad employees to ensure that handbrakes and other safety equipment have been properly set ...

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Quotebox – In wake of oil train plan, debate between safety and commerce

WASHINGTON – The United States and Canada have a 400-page plan to control oil train dangers that walks a thin line: promote safety without stifling a business that has spurred domestic oil production. As with many such contentious issues, calls by regulators to retrofit oil tank cars, reduce speeds and require new braking systems in the continent’s oil-by-rail business offered ...

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Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus

Almost 1.4 million Ohioans live within a half-mile of railroad lines where some of the most-volatile crude oil in North America rolls by each week, a Dispatch analysis has found. Those people, about 12 percent of the state’s population, are at risk of being forced from their homes should a train hauling crude oil from the Bakken shale fields of ...

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Terminal settles with Oregon over excess oil shipments

CLATSKANIE, Ore. — The owner of an oil train terminal in northwest Oregon has agreed to pay a reduced fine for moving six times more crude oil in 2013 than was allowed. The Oregonian reports the fine was cut by $15,000, to $102,292. The state Department of Environmental Quality said the premise of fine originally was that the company acted intentionally ...

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White House mulled, then balked at curbing explosive gas on oil trains

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration weighed national standards to control explosive gas in oil trains last year but rejected the move, deciding instead to leave new rules to North Dakota alone. Current and former administration officials told Reuters that they were unsure of federal jurisdiction to force the energy industry to drain volatile gas from crude oil originating in North ...

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