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Feds issue emergency order to crude oil shippers

This post was updated on 2/26/14 at 11 a.m. Four days after American railroads agreed to voluntary changes to make shipping crude oil by rail safer, the federal government has taken the effort a step further. The Department of Transportation issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring shippers to test each load of crude oil before transporting [...]

Southeast Pa. refiner bucks industry call to lift crude oil export ban

In early 2012, the refining business in Southeast Pennsylvania was on life-support until a glut of cheap American oil and natural gas revived the industry. Now, oil producers want to sell to higher bidders overseas and some lawmakers are pushing to lift a long-standing ban on crude oil exports. The ban dates back to December 1975 [...]

Philly mayor backs fee for crude producers, refiners to support rail safety

Five days after a CSX train carrying crude oil derailed on a Philadelphia bridge, crews are still working to clear six cars lying on their side over the Schuylkill River, while officials in major rail hubs want those responsible for the increased traffic on the tracks to pay for safety upgrades. At a meeting of mayors [...]

Close call on Philly oil train derailment fuels calls for safety

It could be a few more days before crews finish clearing derailed train cars, including five crude oil tankers, from a bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. As of Tuesday evening, crews were working continuously in snowfall to transfer oil from the derailed cars to empty tank cars nearby on the same tracks, according [...]

Lawmaker calls for hearing to address rail safety in Pa.

Rail shipments of crude oil are on the rise in Southeast Pennsylvania as the refining industry takes advantage of a surge in domestic production. But after a number of disastrous derailments, state Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware) says residents need assurance that the same thing won’t happen in Pennsylvania. “We need to hear from people in the [...]

North Dakota oil train collision is fourth incident in six months

Federal transportation safety officials are on the scene in North Dakota where a BNSF train carrying crude oil from the Bakken Shale collided with another train and exploded Monday afternoon, the latest in a rash of incidents in the crude-by-rail boom. Around 2:10 p.m. yesterday afternoon, an eastbound crude oil unit train collided with a westbound [...]

Shale Insight 2013: Oil Is Changing The Conversation In Philadelphia

More than 1,500 people are attending the Marcellus Shale Coalition‘s annual industry conference in Philadelphia this week under a new banner: “Shale Insight 2013.” In a shift from just three years ago when the first gathering was held, the conference has dropped “gas” from its name and opened up the conversation to the wealth of [...]

Q&A: Oil Spill Expert Puts Crude-By-Rail Boom In Perspective

Philadelphia is at the center of a new industrial boom: trains are snaking through the city, bringing light, sweet crude oil from North Dakota to the city’s revived refineries. They’re the same type of train that derailed and exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic in July, leaving 47 people dead. StateImpact has reported that [...]

Surprise Inspections Examine Safety Of Shipping Bakken Crude By Rail

The feds are calling it the “Bakken Blitz.” Inspectors with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have begun surprise inspections of rail cars carrying fracked oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. It’s the same crude that is being hauled on trains to a refinery complex Philadelphia and that [...]

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