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FRA freezes on tank car sloshing; DOE oil volatility bombshell drops like a dud

Written by David Thomas, Canadian Contributing Editor

How crude oil sloshing inside moving tank cars affects train stability was under close scrutiny by the Federal Railroad Administration, the regulator’s Acting Administrator told reporters back on March 13. That was after a string of mid-winter oil train disasters exposed the prevailing focus on tank car thickness to be essentially pointless in the quest to prevent oil train derailments and explosions.

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