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AAR to DOT: GAO agrees we don’t need ECP
The Association of American Railroads says the Department of Transportation should withdraw its rule on electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes for crude oil trains after a review released Oct. 12…
WA CBR notification system starts October 1
Responding to the Washington Council of Fire Fighters and other first responders, Washington State adopted a new rule, Chapter 173-185 WAC, Oil Movement by Rail and Pipeline Notification, “to enhance…
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) updated on Aug. 24, 2016 crude oil carload numbers for second-quarter 2016:
EIA: crude by rail declines 45% in 2016
The U.S. Energy Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, released figures on August 3 showing movements of crude oil by rail within the United States averaged…
CBR accidents, hostile fires, and pollution exclusions
What does it mean to call a fire hostile? For an insurance policyholder seeking coverage for a large loss involving a fire or explosion and a release of something an…
Moving energy beyond borders
Can exports revive North America’s crude-by-rail and coal?
Three years ago today...
Three years ago today, the people of Lac-Mégantic could never have imagined this.
NTSB replies to senators after Oregon crude derailment
In a reply dated July 5, 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) responded to a letter from Oregon’s U.S. senators regarding the June 3 Union Pacific oil train derailment…
The positive legacy of Lac-Mégantic: Zero
Three years ago, in the early hours of July 13, a runaway oil train exploded in the then-idyllic lakeside town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people.
Oregon Governor: ‘Halt Oil Trains in Oregon’
Oregon Governor Kate Brown released the following statement regarding the Federal Railroad Administration's June 23rd Preliminary Factual Findings Report on the June 3rd derailment of Union Pacific's crude oil train:
FRA faults bolts, brakes and UP in June 3 crude oil derailment
The Federal Railroad Administration on June 23, 2106 released its preliminary findings on the June 3 Oregon crude oil derailment and found at fault: bolts, brakes and Union Pacific.
WA Council of Fire Fighters asks for halt of Bakken crude by rail
In a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, the president of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, Dennis Lawson, asked “to prohibit rail transport of Bakken crude through our…
UP Bakken crude oil train derails in Oregon
A Union Pacific train carrying 96 carloads of Bakken crude to a refinery in Tacoma, Wash., derailed in Mosier, Ore., on June 3.
Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes
In a rarity in Congress, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act on May 11, 2016.
RBN Energy on CBR: “All is not gloom and doom”
A few years back, crude-by-rail (CBR) “emerged as the go-to fix that enabled pipeline-constrained shale regions to move fast-increasing volumes of oil to market,” writes RBN Energy LLC analyst Housley…
RBN Energy: CBR "a victory of American ingenuity"
The North American crude-by-rail (CBR) saga “is that of a victory of good old U.S. ingenuity over the lack of pipeline capacity that stranded booming shale oil production in 2012,”…
RBN Energy: "Massive" over-capacity at Gulf Coast CBR terminals
An RBN Energy LLC analysis shows that about 1.7 million barrels per day of crude by rail (CBR) unload capacity has been built out and is operating in the Gulf…
RBN Energy: CBR to California "drying up"
Crude by rail (CBR) shipments to California oil refineries have dwindled to a trickle, compared to their December 2013 peak, according to RBN Energy LLC analyst Sandy Fielden.
RBN Energy: The decline and fall of East Coast CBR
As RBN Energy LLC analyst Sandy Fielden describes in Slow Train Coming: The Decline and Fall of East Coast Crude by Rail, the economics of shipping crude oil out of…
RBN Energy: Western Canada CBR load capacity "overbuilt and underutilized"
According to an analysis conducted by Sandy Fielden of RBN Energy LLC, based on current demand, rail load capacity for crude by rail (CBR) in Western Canada is “vastly overbuilt…
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