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Oil

Suit over BP production platform tossed out

Source: 
FuelFix

A lawsuit filed by former contractor Kenneth Abbott and the environmental group Food & Water Watch, claiming that BP misled regulators about the safety of its operations in the Atlantis field in the Gulf of Mexico, has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes, FuelFix reports.

Oil

Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

TORONTO (AP) — The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday.

TSB chair Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn't do proper safety audits.

The safety board issued its report 13 months after a runaway train carrying 72 carloads of volatile oil from North Dakota derailed, hurtled down an incline and slammed into downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Several train cars exploded and 40 buildings were leveled, including a popular bar that was filled with revelers enjoying a summer Friday night. The unattended train had been parked overnight on a rail line before it came loose.

Oil

Feds close probe of refinery blast that killed 7

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes.

The decision was shared with victims' relatives earlier in the day, said Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney in Seattle.

Prosecutors examined whether criminal environmental and worker safety laws and regulations had been violated, but there was no evidence that reached the "exacting bar for criminal prosecution," Durkan said in a news release.

Oil

Industry doubts DOT visions of new life for old tank cars

Source: 
Reuters

The Department of Transportation’s plan to improve oil train safety figures that old tank cars barred from carrying Bakken crude could be recycled for use transporting Canadian tar sands oil, but industry experts have dismissed that idea as unfeasible, Reuters reports.

Oil

DOT rail plan assumes using old cars for tar sands oil

Source: 
E&E

The plan released by the Department of Transportation to improve oil train safety would have 15,000 older tank cars converted to carrying Canadian tar sands oil without performing any major retrofits, a prospect that alarms environmental campaigners, E&E reports.

Oil

ND weighing stabilization requirement for Bakken crude

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

A public hearing on possible regulations to require stabilization of volatile Bakken crude before it’s transported will be held by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that top federal officials visiting the state Friday were briefed on the proposal.

Oil

1 killed in blast at refinery in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company says one worker died when a gas leak caught fire and shout out flames at a refinery in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Petroleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex, said the blast Friday also injured 11 workers at the refinery in Ciudad Madero.

Oil

Oil train rules published, starting comment period

Source: 
The Hill

Proposals to tighten safety standards for crude carried by rail were published in the Federal Register Friday by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, kicking off a period for public comment that will run for 60 days, The Hill reports.

Oil

Regulators look at Bakken crude volatility as well as tank car strength

Source: 
E&E

The Department of Transportation’s proposed regulation tackling oil train safety may have been dealing mostly with tank car construction, but the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is also reporting on the volatility of Bakken crude, E&E reports.

Oil

Oil train derails in Seattle rail yard; no spill

SEATTLE (AP) — Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard early Thursday, but it alarmed environmentalists.

"This is a warning of how dangerous this could be," said Kerry McHugh, communications director for the Washington Environmental Council.

She noted the train derailed near Puget Sound, under Seattle's Magnolia Bridge, the main connection to one of the city's neighborhoods.

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