SPATE OF OIL TRAIN DERAILMENTS RAISES SAFETY CONCERNS

Featured on AP. Four trains hauling crude oil have derailed in the U.S. and Canada since mid-February, rupturing tank cars, spilling their contents, polluting waterways and igniting spectacular fires that burned for days. The derailments have deepened safety concerns that if an oil-train accident were to occur in a populated area, the results could be …

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A Third Blast on Oil Trains Stirs Scrutiny

Featured on NYTimes. For the third time in less than a month, a train carrying flammable crude oil has derailed and burst into flames, prompting questions over whether stricter measures being considered to ensure their safety will be enough. All three accidents involved a newer generation of tank cars that are supposed to be sturdier …

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Who’s to Blame for the Exploding Oil Trains?

Brigham McCown, pipeline safety expert, train safety expert

Featured on Bloomberg Business. A week after a CSX train hauling crude oil derailed and exploded 30 miles southeast of Charleston, W.Va., on Feb. 16, its mangled, charred tank cars were still being hauled from the crash site. Of the 27 cars that derailed, 19 had been engulfed in flames. The wreckage burned for almost three days. “It’s amazing …

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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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Amid Tumbling Oil Prices, Alaska LNG Must Go Forward

The recent free-fall of crude oil prices has affected markets across the globe. Energy companies have responded by scaling back investments as their available capital shrinks. In British Columbia, delays are hampering the Pacific Northwest LNG project. Likewise, in Texas, a liquefaction project has been suspended off its coast by Excelerate Energy. Yet, meanwhile, Alaska …

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