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Environmental Groups Sue, Charge Oil Train Safety Rules Inadequate

Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the regulations are too weak to protect the public. The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, …

Oil Industry Goes to Court to Block Oil Train Safety Rules

A U.S. oil industry group has launched a legal challenge to federal rules aimed at tightening safety standards in oil-by-train transport, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The American Petroleum Institute on Monday petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals …

U.S., Canada Agree on Oil Train Safety Mandates

Almost two years after an unattended oil train derailed and exploded in Quebec, killing 47 people, the U.S. and Canadian governments jointly set new rules designed to reduce the risks of hauling crude by rail. Newly built tank cars must …

U.S. Issues ‘Urgent’ Oil Train Safety Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday called for the faster replacement of rail cars that carry flammable liquids like crude oil or ethanol, one of four urgent recommendations stemming from an investigation of recent derailments. The NTSB is seeking …

‘Degassing’ North Dakota Crude Oil Before Shipping Among Safety Ideas

After a spate of fiery derailments, the scramble to make North Dakota’s Bakken crude oil safer when it’s being transported on trains has focused on better tracks, slower speeds, and reinforced railcars that bypass urban areas. But that is starting …

CSX Oil Tank Cars Derail, Catch Fire in Lynchburg, Virginia

A CSX Corp. crude train derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, Wednesday, sparking a fire in at least three tank cars, spilling oil into a river and forcing a partial evacuation of the city’s downtown. No injuries were reported, and the fire …

Safety Board Says Rail Oil Tanker Rules Should Be Put on Washington Fast Track

Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they’re needed and if so, …