Trains Plus Crude Oil Equals Trouble Down the Track

Number 26946
Subject Oil
Source McClatchy Newspapers
State
Year 2014
Publication Date Dec. 31, 2014
Summary The project represents a yearlong examination of the response to safety problems associated with a massive and sudden increase in crude oil transported by rail. It found that government and industry had failed to identify and correct safety gaps in the rail system, including the inspection and maintenance of track and bridges and the design of the tank cars carrying the oil. It also showed that government efforts to better inform local emergency response personnel still left them in the dark on some types of crude oil moved by rail and on smaller shipments. Additionally, the project detailed efforts by railroads and some states to keep even limited information about crude oil trains out of public view.
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Keywords Oil; oil transportation; trains; railroad; rail system; public safety;
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