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US safety board: Oil train tank cars need urgent upgrades

BILLINGS, Mont. — Fuel-hauling tank cars need retrofits to prevent more explosive train wrecks — and the public can’t wait another decade for the improvements as has been suggested by industry, U.S. safety officials said. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of recommendations Monday after a spate of fiery accidents revealed shortcomings in voluntary industry standards for cars ...

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Government and economic leaders gather for 2015 Energy Summit

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The theme of this year’s Energy Summit was oil production and transportation. The all-day meeting was hosted by the Ports-to-Plains Alliance and the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, and was attended by government and economic leaders from not only West Texas, but also along the Ports-to-Plains Corridor that stretches from Mexico to Canada. The Energy Summit, according to a news release, ...

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Feds: Niobrara needs railroads to send oil to market

Rail transportation is a crucial factor in the Niobrara oil industry. According to the Dever Business Journal, a new Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis reports that rail cars transport about 64 percent of oil produced in the formation. Earlier this week, the EIA announced plans to release a monthly report tracking how much oil is transported through rail and information ...

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More oil-train fixes: Feds order defective valves replaced on leaking cars

WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration on Friday ordered rail tank car owners to replace defective valves never approved for installation on thousands of tank cars, causing oil to spill from moving trains. The directive applies to a 3-inch valve installed on roughly 6,000 tank cars, and their owners have 60 days to replace them. Within 90 days, tank car ...

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Company to offer vapor pressure testing for Bakken producers

Intertek, a testing services provider for different industries across the globe, has announced that it will now provide crude oil vapor testing to producers operating in the Bakken. Companies are quickly approaching the implementation of North Dakota’s new rules requiring crude oil producers to ensure the vapor pressure of crude oil being loaded into transportation vessels is less than 13.7 ...

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Washington State Senate passes oil train safety bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state Senate passed a measure Monday night to improve the safety of oil transportation, one of two competing bills that deal with the increasing shipments of crude oil through the state. Senate Bill 5057, sponsored by Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, passed 26-23 after extended debate. The House passed a competing bill last week. “This ...

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Safest mode of transport for oil and gas debated

The more oil and gas that is pulled from the ground by drilling and fracking, the more that will need to be moved from wellheads in North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Ohio to refineries and ports throughout the country. But the best, safest way to transport oil and gas, which can be toxic and explosive, is still being debated. Tanker trucks, ...

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Study: more to do as oil trains pose new risks

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SEATTLE — A state study says the increase in crude oil shipments by rail is creating new risks and will require increased safety measures and improved oil spill response and prevention. Even as more trains carry volatile shipments of crude oil into the state, nearly 60 percent of first responders say they don’t have sufficient training or resources to handle ...

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Vancouver City Council passes oil moratorium

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Stephanie Rice | Columbian Vancouver city government reporter The Vancouver City Council on Thursday unanimously passed an emergency six-month moratorium on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil. The moratorium won’t affect the oil transfer terminal proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies that’s currently under review by the state. While the six-month moratorium was straightforward — a public hearing ...

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