Thursday, March 19, 2015

Safety risks in crude by rail clear: Local lives in peril

A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia pictured across the Kanawha River in Boomer, West Virginia February 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Marcus Constantino

A CSX Corp train burns after derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia pictured across the Kanawha River in Boomer, West Virginia February 16, 2015.   Credit: Reuters/Marcus Constantino

Coming off the rails? Safety risks in crude by rail

Trains carrying oil or ethanol have derailed and caught fire at more than a dozen locations across the United States and Canada in the last five years.

Train fires have prompted a fierce debate about the risks of moving large volumes of highly flammable liquids across the rail network and who should be responsible for improving safety....

....investigations focus on why all the safety systems were defeated at the same time, and what it reveals about hidden flaws and risks in the systems.

In the case of train fires, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators have identified human error and broken rails as the main immediate causes of derailments and collisions.

Once accidents occurred, however, they were made worse by the tank cars’ failure to contain their hazardous loads. Leaking tank cars created highly dangerous large pool fires. Design flaws proved to be a hidden safety risk.

And oil proved to be much more flammable than industry or regulators believed. Under hazmat regulations, crude has been treated as a low-risk hazard when it has behaved more like a medium or high risk one.....   more here


DOT's Feinberg Wants Energy Industry to Address Bakken Crude Accidents, Fires

David Bradley     NGI Daily    March 18, 2015
The energy industry needs to do more to control the volatility of oil and other fuels transported by the nation's railroads, according to Sarah Feinberg, acting head of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Railroads have been pulling their weight in the effort to reduce the number of derailments and other accidents, but FRA is "running out of things that I think we can put on the railroads to do, and there have to be other industries that have skin in the game," Feinberg told reporters last week. She said she has been "calling on the energy industry to do more for weeks, if not months. Quietly for months, much more vocally for weeks." ......    more here

Danger zone: 326,170 Minnesotans live near oil train tracks

The estimate, released this morning after state officials could not answer a Forum News Service question about the issue last week, is the first time Minnesotans had an idea about the number of people that state transportation and public safety officials say could be in danger of oil train explosions like those seen elsewhere in the United States and Canada.,,,,   more here


Towns launch 'David and Goliath' challenges to crude-by-rail traffic

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