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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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Crude Oil is Displacing Other Commodities on Trains, Critics Charge

BY CURTIS TATE McClatchy Washington Bureau April 10, 2014 A train carrying tanker cars filled with crude oil passes through St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 27, 2013. The crude oil is loaded in at terminals in North Dakota and Canada and taken to refineries in the east. JIM GEHRZ — Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT

WASHINGTON — Grain producers, manufacturers and coal shippers told federal regulators Thursday that rail service has deteriorated drastically in the nation’s midsection in recent […]

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