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Philadelphia’s top emergency planner won’t disclose oil-train plans

The City of Philadelphia’s top emergency-management official said on Monday she will not disclose the city’s tactical plans for dealing with any oil-train derailment or explosion despite fresh calls from environmentalists for the city to be more open about how it would handle such an emergency. Office of Emergency Management director Samantha Phillips said the [...]

Crude-by-rail shipments to eastern refineries hit new high in Feb., EIA says

Rail shipments of crude oil accounted for more than half of the input to U.S. East Coast refineries in February, their highest level ever, displacing some imports, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. As crude oil production rises in the Bakken Shale oil field of North Dakota and eastern Montana, railroads [...]

Feds issue new oil train safety rules

The Department of Transportation joined with Canadian officials Friday to announce stronger safety rules for shipping crude by rail. About 70 to 80 trains carrying more than a million gallons of crude oil from the Bakken Shale fields in North Dakota travel across Pennsylvania each week, heading to Philadelphia area refineries. The long-awaited rules come [...]

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 [...]

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