“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 www.api.org/rail.... read more here
A BNSF Railway crude oil train snakes through the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 29, 2014.
McClatchy Washington Bureau September 24, 2014
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
MPR News St. Paul, Minn. ·
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