View article in its entirety at the National Observer. — Author: Bruce S. Cambell July 6, 2020, is the seventh anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster, which killed 47 people and orphaned 26 children, spilled an unprecedented six million litres of explosive Bakken shale oil, and incinerated the centre of this Québec town. It was… Read More Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?
View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka The federal agency overseeing the safe transport of hazardous materials released a stunning explanation of its May 11 decision striking down a Washington state effort to regulate trains carrying volatile oil within its borders. A state cannot use “safety as a pretext for inhibiting market growth,” wrote Paul… Read More Safety Can’t Be a ‘Pretext’ for Regulating Unsafe Oil Trains, Says Trump Admin
View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka ExxonMobil is a company capable of contradictions. It has been lobbying against government efforts to address climate change while running ads touting its own efforts to do so. And while the oil giant has been responsible for massive methane releases, Exxon has now proposed a new regulatory… Read More Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions
Fossil fuels, depending on where they are extracted, may need to travel across long distances. There are real risks associated with the transportation of fossil fuels, whether by train, truck, or boat, all have histories of spills, explosions, fatalities, and damage. New Jersey needs to end dependence on fossil fuels and move to renewable energy.… Read More Network for Responsible Public Policy
View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka The deadly 2013 oil train accident in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which spilled oil, caused a fiery explosion, and killed 47 people, was only the most high-profile in a string of oil train derailments and fires which suggest what happened in December was not at all unusual… Read More Forecast for 2020: More Oil Trains, Fires, Spills, and the Rise of LNG by Rail
View article in its entirety at DeSmog.— Author: Justin Mikulka On October 23, New York Attorney General Letitia James, joined by attorneys general from Maryland, New Jersey, and California, sent a letter of support to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) over a Washington state law that would limit the volatility of oil transported by train through the state.That oil originates in… Read More Four States, Led by New York, Challenge Trump Admin Over Oil Train Safety Rule
View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka President Trump has made clear that he wants to move the nation’s glut of fracked natural gas onto trains and then to ships for sale abroad. In response to Trump’s April executive order pushing federal agencies to make that happen, the Department of Transportation (DOT) on October 18 announced… Read More Trump Admin Proposes New Rule to Allow Shipping Flammable LNG by Rail
The period for Public Comment ends December 23, 2019. Public Comment is now open regarding the proposed rule allowing for the bulk transport of Methane, refrigerated liquid, commonly known as liquefied natural gas (LNG), in rail tank cars. There are no new safety regulations to go along with this authorization. Please take a moment to… Read More PUBLIC COMMENT: Hazardous Materials – Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail