As Oil Production Soars, So Have Pipeline Leaks

Brigham McCown, pipeline safety expert, train safety expert

Read the full story at   The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation’s infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has …

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North Dakota town evacuated after latest oil train car explosion


Originally posted on LA Times. When the Obama administration imposed new safety rules on oil trains last week, the railroad industry said its goal was to have zero accidents in the future. It took only a few days to miss that difficult target. A BNSF train hauling 109 tank cars derailed in rural North Dakota …

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Rebuilding the Nation’s Aging Energy Network


Originally posted on FuelFix. Once the envy of the modern world, the nation’s infrastructure system now works overtime just to keep up with the growing needs of the energy grid. While many understand the need for continued investment in roads and bridges, the same cannot be easily said of the nation’s aging energy infrastructure. This …

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North Dakota crash highlights lack of progress on oil train safety in Minnesota


Originally posted on MinnPost. Repercussions from yesterday’s oil train derailment in North Dakota. Don Davis of the Forum News Service reports, “A North Dakota oil train derailment reinforces the fact that Minnesota legislators have a week and a half left in their 2015 session but have not settled on what they would do to improve …

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Obama’s Oil Train Regs Don’t Solve The Derailment Problem


Originally posted on The Daily Caller. The recent derailment of a BNSF Railway train near a small town in North Dakota has reignited the debate over railcar safety — a debate which has sparked contentious new rules governing oil tank cars. But new regulations for oil tank cars don’t actually solve the problems of train …

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