Increased crude shipments prompts DOT to study tank car standards

07/15/2013
Increased shipment of crude oil by rail is making the US Department of Transportation examine its tank car standards, and possibly could result in a proposal for new requirements by the yearend, an American Petroleum Institute official said. Cindy Schild, API's downstream operations senior manager for refining and oil sands, said the effort was under way before a runaway train carrying Bakken crude to a Canadian refinery derailed early on July 6 in Lac Megantic, Que., resulting in fires and explosions that killed at least 15 people and left another 60 people missing (OGJ Online, July 8, 2013). A spokesman for DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration confirmed that the ...
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