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Feds Issue Emergency Order on Crude Oil Trains

Federal government issues emergency order requiring states be informed of oil train shipments

By JOAN LOWY

The Associated Press May 7, 2014 WASHINGTON The Transportation Department issued an emergency order Wednesday requiring that railroads inform state emergency management officials about the movement of large shipments of crude oil through their states and urged shippers not to use older model tanks cars that are easily ruptured in accidents, even at slow speeds.The emergency order requires that each railroad operating trains containing [...]

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Railroad Accidents Stir Worries About Crude Transport

MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

Billings, Mont. –At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions.

FILE – In this Dec. 30, 2013, file photo, a fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. Trains carrying millions of gallons of explosive liquids, including crude oil, are likely to continue rolling [...]

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Anacortes–Shell’s Bakken Rail Unloading Facility Moves Forward

Shell Oil Company located on March Point, Anacortes, Wash.

Posted by: Mark Stayton for Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash. in Bakken News, Energy, Dec. 21, 2013

ANACORTES — Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery on March Point is moving closer to building a rail offloading facility for crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation now that high-level design [...]

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