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Maine stops providing details of oil by rail shipments to public

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine will no longer disclose to the public any details about shipments of crude oil by rail through the state, an official said on Wednesday, a move that has angered activists who say the information is critical to public safety. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday declined a reporter’s request for monthly volumes of crude ...

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Oil industry challenges rules meant to stop train explosions

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following a string of fiery derailments in recent years. The American Petroleum Institute’s petition to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., would set aside a requirement for improvements to ...

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North American rail industry angered by new brake rule

U.S. regulators took on the powerful rail industry on Friday, announcing plans to require expensive, high-tech braking technology the railways insist is unproven and unreliable. Regulators say the new electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes could reduce the severity of crashes, preventing pile-ups. Canada has promised to “harmonize” its regulations with the United States. The U.S. rule goes into effect in ...

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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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