Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oil train rolled through U.S., Canadian cities before Quebec disaster- and other links

A train carrying volatile North Dakota crude oil, using 1960′s vintage tank cars, rolled through four large U.S. cities before a break failure caused it to roll down into Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where it blew up destroying the town center and killing 47 people.....

....The train had traveled through Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit before crossing the border and going through Windsor and Toronto in Ontario and Montreal in Quebec. It was headed for a refinery in St. John, New Brunswick.

“This was a company with a weak safety culture, a company where people did what was needed to get the job done rather than always following the rules, a company where unsafe practices were allowed to continue,” said Wendy Tadros, chair of the TSB.....  read more here

Global Partners Rail Terminal Approved as Tesoro Waits

Just as Global Partners LP (GLP) gained approval to unload more oil from rail cars at a marine terminal in Oregon, Tesoro Corp. (TSO) learned its plans for a similar project in neighboring Washington will have to wait.

The projects are among several oil-by-rail proposals facing rising opposition after a series of derailments added to questions about the safety of carrying crude by train. Terminals are being developed across the western U.S. as refiners, lacking pipeline access, turn to rail to move crude from shale formations where output is booming.....  read more here

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