September 16, 2014

U.S. seen as biggest oil producer

The U.S. will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output [...]

Feds say oil train details not security sensitive

oil-train-rail

BILLINGS, Mont. – U.S. transportation officials said Wednesday that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information, after railroads have sought to keep the material from the public following a string of fiery accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered railroads to give state officials specifics on oil-train routes and volumes [...]

FRA’s Szabo discusses concerns on crude by rail

joe_szabo_fra

Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo was interviewed Platts Energy Week host Boll Lovelace May 25 to discuss ongoing concerns about transporting crude oil by rail. Platts Energy Week is an independent energy news and information program that airs weekly. The program provides a forum where prominent decision makers in government, industry and markets gather to [...]

Shipments of crude by rail to increase in Calif.

oil-train-rail

SAN FRANCISCO – Shipments of crude by rail into California are expected to increase 25-fold in the next two years. With derailments and explosions on the rise in other parts of the country you would think the state is making extra sure that the railroads here are in good condition. But as KPIX5 found out, [...]

Minn. lawmaker wants new oil train safety rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minnesota legislator wants Congress to put teeth into requirements for railroads moving hazardous content tank cars. State Rep. Frank Hornstein (DFL-Minneapolis) is chair of the Transportation Committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration issued a safety advisory earlier in May urging shippers [...]

Senators push crude oil safety training for shortlines

oil-train-rail

WASHINGTON – America’s smaller railroads lack the capability to offer safety training in the shipment of crude oil and ethanol, and two top Senate appropriators asked federal regulators Thursday to fund those efforts. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, wrote Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting the creation of the Short Line Safety Institute [...]

Editorial: Time to get serious about oil-by-rail safety

oil-train-rail

Nobody would reasonably expect you to put up with a bomb in your backyard. Yet every day, car after car of oil travels on railroads just steps away from people, homes and businesses, putting them at risk of explosions caused by unsafe oil tanker cars. This is increasingly true in Wyoming, where local and regional [...]

Train carrying oil derails in Virginia in fiery blast

oil-train-rail

A CSX Corp. train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Va., on Wednesday (April 30), spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. CSX said 15 cars on a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia derailed at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Fire erupted on three cars, the company [...]

Bakken oil fields mark billionth barrel of oil

oil-train-rail

BISMARCK, N.D. – Oil drillers targeting the rich Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota and eastern Montana have produced 1 billion barrels of crude, data from the two states show. Drillers first targeted the Bakken in Montana in 2000 and moved into North Dakota about five years later using advanced horizontal drilling and hydraulic [...]

Rules could settle tank car dispute

oil-train-rail

New rules on moving hazardous materials like crude oil on U.S. railroads could settle a dispute between the energy industry and rail companies that boils down to a fraction of an inch of steel in the frame of each tank car. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wrote Thursday in a blog post that his agency [...]