US, Canadian transportation boards want tougher oil-by-rail rules

02/03/2014
In an unprecedented move, the US and Canadian national transportation boards simultaneously called for tougher regulations covering shipments of crude oil by rail. "The large-scale shipment of crude oil by rail simply didn't exist 10 years ago, and our safety regulations need to catch up with this new reality," US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairwoman Deborah A.P. Hersman said in Washington, DC. "While this energy boom is good for business, the people and the environment along rail corridors must be protected from harm," she said. In its announcement, NTSB said crude oil shipments by rail have increased more than 400% since 2005, according to the Assoc...
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