West Virginia train derailment puts focus on rail safety


Originally published on Fuel Fix, written by Jen Dlouhy WASHINGTON — The train that derailed in West Virginia on Monday, sending fireballs into the sky and oil into a local waterway, was heaving North Dakota crude in newer-model tank cars designed to be more resilient in crashes. For years, regulators, local governments and oil-train critics …

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Oil train derailments renew questions about safety


Originally published on LATimes, written by Ralph Vartabedian The derailments this week of two trains carrying crude oil have raised new questions about the adequacy of federal efforts to improve the safety of moving oil on tank cars from new North American wells to distant refineries. A 100-car, southbound CSX train derailed Monday in a …

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Will Obama Negotiate on Keystone XL?

President Obama Speaks At Southern Site Of The Keystone Oil Pipeline

After six years of kicking the can down the road, the President will finally have the out he needs to approve the Keystone pipeline. The question is, will he? The Senate yesterday passed a bill approving the Keystone pipeline, 62 to 36 with nine Democrats abandoning the White House in order to vote for the …

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Keystone XL Debate is No Longer Limited to Oil


Congress wasted no time this year getting back into the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, despite last voting on approving the project in November. Now with firm control of the House and Senate, Republicans are eager to contrast their energy policy with that of President Barack Obama, who has questioned the need for and …

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