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Freight railroads implement voluntary CBR safety initiatives
North America’s Class I railroads have embarked on a rail operations safety initiative that will institute new voluntary operating practices for moving crude oil by rail. The initiative, which follows…
API emphasizing collaboration, not confrontation
Following the recent, unrelated series of crude oil train derailments that resulted in fires, explosions, and in the case of Lac-Mégantic, tragedy and death, CBR (crude by rail) has come…
BNSF taking bids on 5,000 oil tank cars
BNSF Railway, the industry’s largest transporter of crude oil, announced on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, plans to purchase its own fleet of up to 5,000 crude oil tank cars that…
CBR: CN, CP charging more for pre-CPC-1232 tank cars
CN is charger a higher rate to move crude oil in DOT-111 tank cars built prior to October 2011, when Association of American Railroads CPC (Casualty Prevention Circular)-1232 safety standards…
NS CBR train derails in Pennsylvania
A Norfolk Southern crude-by-rail (CBR) train derailed in Pennsylvania Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, resulting in oil leakage from three tank cars. No injuries were reported.
BNSF engineer trainee lauded for fast response to CBR wreck
Geoff Andersen, a BNSF locomotive engineer trainee, has been credited with preventing the spread of fire and explosions that occurred shortly after a BNSF crude oil train wrecked in Casselton,…
The crude oil challenge
If history records 2012 as the year when modern crude by rail (CBR) came into its own, 2013 will be remembered as a time of a nearly two-fold increase in…
Greenbrier to offer new-gen tank cars, retrofits
The Greenbrier Companies announced on Feb. 5, 2014 that it will design a new-generation tank car for rail transport of hazardous freight, including flammable crude oil and ethanol, “that can…
First hazmat fines levied against North Dakota crude loaders
The first enforcement actions against North Dakota tank car loaders for misclassifying Bakken crude oil were announced Feb. 4 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The notices of violation and…
Flawed State Dept. report twists rail safety stats
Proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline exulted while statisticians expressed dismay at the U.S. State Department’s dramatic assertion the week of Jan. 26 that failure to approve the proposed pipeline…
Savage expands crude oil logistics services in Western Canada
Savage, a provider of bundled supply chain management services for electric power generation, coal production, oil and gas, refining, agriculture, chemical, mining and manufacturing, has expanded its CBR (crude by…
NTSB, TSB issue joint CBR safety recommendations
The National Transportation Safety Board, in coordination with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, on Jan. 23, 2014 issued a series of recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and…
Will safety investments to protect railroads, public increase CBR costs?
A sell-off of shares in companies engaged in extracting oil from the mid-continent Bakken formation was the first indication from investors that they expect government scrutiny of the potentially explosive…
Collision on BNSF ignites oil train fire
A wreck involving two BNSF trains, one of which was carrying crude oil, sparked a huge fire and evacuations of nearby communities in North Dakota on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
Canada cracking down on CBR shippers
Canada’s government has ordered Transport Canada to crack down hard on crude oil shippers who they say continue to evade a directive that they test the contents of tank cars…
U.S. energy independence—with the railroad industry’s help
Largely based upon increasing output from shale formations, the United States will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by 2015, and be close to energy…
Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway CBR train derails, explodes
A 90-car Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway CBR (crude by rail) train derailed and exploded in a rural area of western Alabama early on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, leaving 26…
Keystone Gulf Coast pipeline nears service
Unbeknownst to many, the southern segment of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, called the “Keystone Gulf Coast,” should soon be in operation, according to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek filed…
A turning point for crude by rail?
After my most recent blog on the CBR (crude by rail) disaster in Canada, I fielded a lot of questions that, while they were often worded differently, all ended up…
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