oil shipments

  • Freight railroads have threatened to halt shipment of toxic chemicals if Congress does not extend a deadline to start using enhanced rail safety technology, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Photo by Curtis Tate/MCT via Getty Images
    May 7, 2014   BY Joan Lowy, Associated Press 

    The emergency order requires that each railroad operating trains containing more than 1 million gallons of crude oil — the equivalent of about 35 tank cars — from the booming Bakken region of North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada provide information on the trains’ expected movement, including frequency and county-by-county routes, to the states they traverse. The order also requires that railroads disclose the volume of oil being transported and how emergency responders can contact “at least one responsible party” at the railroad. Continue reading

  • July 8, 2013  

    In the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, at least five oil tanker train cars exploded overnight Saturday. Railway officials said the parked train got loose and hurtled downhill nearly 7 miles before jumping the tracks. Hari Sreenivasan reports dozens remain missing and at least 30 buildings were destroyed by the deadly accident. Continue reading