Eric Atkins The Globe and Mail 10/09/14
The casualty-liability policy offered by the New York-based company is believed to be the largest available, and is a sign of the perceived risks involved in the burgeoning business of moving oil by train....
... The $1-billion AIG policy would only kick in once the rail company exceeded $1.5-billion in claims. Until now, AIG’s largest railroad casualty policy was worth $100,000..... read more here
By Rory Carroll 10/09/14
(Reuters) -California environmentalists on Thursday filed a lawsuit
against the Kern County Board of Supervisors for its approval last month of a
major oil-by-rail project in the state, saying the county failed to disclose
the risks of the project to the public.
In September, the board voted unanimously in favor of Alon USA Energy Inc's plan, which would increase the terminal's offloading capacity of crude from railcars to as high as 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the current 13,000 bpd.
The $100 million project would also see the reopening of the company's shuttered Bakersfield refinery, which was closed two years ago because it was unprofitable.....
... The Board of Supervisors had conducted a lengthy environmental review of the project. But groups behind the lawsuit, including the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, said the board underestimated the risks from increased pollution and the likelihood of catastrophic accidents along the rail routes.
"This dangerous plan would send huge trains full of explosive crude through California communities completely unprepared to cope with a devastating rail accident," said Kassie Siegel, senior counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity.
"Kern County supervisors broke the law by rushing to approve a project that will pollute the Central Valley's air and put thousands of unsuspecting people in the path of these hazardous bomb trains," she said.....read more here
Barbara Leader, The News-Star Oct 5, 2014 video at site Updated
MER ROUGE [Louisiana] Two Union Pacific engineers were injured when their train derailed in Mer Rouge early Sunday afternoon after colliding with a truck that was stuck on the tracks....
"We're lucky that wasn't one of our oil trains that we get 10 times a day," Mer Rouge Mayor Johnny McAdams said. "If it had been an oil train, we would have had a fire and then we would have had fatalities." .. read more here
Update: You Tube video of crash