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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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Oil-loading facility sanctioned in Washington rail car spill

WASHINGTON — The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a violation against a North Dakota loading facility over a leaking oil car in northwest Washington state that initially wasn’t reported to state officials for a month. The leak was discovered at the BP Cherry Point refinery near Ferndale, Wash., in early November by federal inspectors. About 1,600 gallons of oil was ...

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Oil-by-rail numbers are up, but the hazard is not new to Whatcom County


Samantha Wohlfeil | The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.) The recent public concern and media attention on crude oil has been surprising to some of Whatcom County’s first responders, as that and other hazardous materials have for decades traveled along local tracks. Gary Russell is chief of Whatcom County Fire District No. 7, which has jurisdiction over roughly 7 miles of the ...

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