Friday, September 26, 2014

API Publishes new CBR Standards- and other news

API Publishes Industry Standard for Shipments of Crude by Rail

EIN News  WASHINGTON, September 25, 2014 – The American Petroleum Institute today published a new set of recommended practices for testing and classifying crude oil for rail shipment and loading it into rail tank cars. 

“The development of standards is a major part of API’s ongoing work to enhance safety throughout our industry,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “This particular standard is one element of a much broader approach to safety improvement. A comprehensive effort that addresses accident prevention, mitigation and response is essential to achieving our goal of zero incidents for crude by rail shipments.”....

.... Given the importance of this new standard, API will initially make it available at no charge to interested parties via    read more here

 A BNSF Railway crude oil train snakes through the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 29, 2014.

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Kansas City is crossroads for crude by rail, documents show

McClatchy Washington Bureau  September 24, 2014 

— Missouri’s largest city has become a crossroads for trains carrying a type of crude oil that has ignited in multiple derailments, according to state documents that the railroads carrying the cargo didn’t want made public.

Each week, as many as 10 trains pass through Kansas City, each carrying at least 1 million gallons of Bakken crude from North Dakota, reports released this month by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency show.

The railroads initially required states to sign agreements that they wouldn’t make the information public......  read more here

Questions mount about the safety of shipping North Dakota crude oil

MPR News ·
Hundreds of rail cars filled with North Dakota crude oil pass through Minnesota each day. That reality has state and federal leaders worried about safety.  
Some — including Gov. Mark Dayton — argue oil companies should take steps to reduce the oil's volatility before loading it onto train cars....   read more here

Quarterman, regulator for U.S. oil trains, to step down: sources


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