Most of these were smaller spills, such as leaks from tank cars
and diesel engines, but UP also had 28 accidents involving chemical releases.
The company uses its European fleet of rail tank cars
to transport chemicals.
With crude oil moving across American railways at record rates and several major derailments drawing heightened attention to rail car safety, Oregon's congressional delegation is pushing the federal government to speed up its efforts to write new standards for designing rail tank cars
proposal for new tank car
standards is still under wraps but is in the works, and it's expected to include significant safety enhancements to the 1232 design beyond what the oil industry has said is acceptable.
If shippers and tank car
companies were made jointly liable and required to have their own insurance, there would be a much stronger incentive to phase out unsuitable Class 111 tank cars
from crude and ethanol service much faster.
in the small village of Nantes, Quebec, about seven miles west of Lac-Megantic, a string of tank cars
rolled downgrade and exploded in the center of the town, killing as many as 50 people, many in the Musi-Cafe enjoying a 1 a.m.
Having a better tank car
will not change that, but it should reduce the odds of a tank car
leaking or rupturing, he said.
PHMSA has been conducting an investigation of whether Bakken oil is being tested adequately, and shipped in appropriate tank cars
. That is known as Operation Classification.
The trend emerged in the past six months and marks a shift in a years-long boom in transporting crude-by-rail after rail companies, such as Greenbrier and GATX, rushed to increase tank car
capacity as the US shale revolution took off five years ago.
It has 38 locations in North America, including 14 certified tank car
shops, thus being the biggest independent railcar repair shop network in North America, the companies said.
It will have 38 locations in North America, including 14 certified tank car
shops, thus being one of the biggest independent railcar repair shop networks in North America.