A top oil industry group and the American Association of Railroads want up to seven years to retrofit or retire rail cars used to haul flammable crude oil from the booming Bakken Shale region of North Dakota and Canada.
The head of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, told reporters Tuesday that his group and the association are jointly calling on the Transportation Department to allow an initial four years to retrofit the oldest, weakest cars, and three more years to tackle newer cars. That's far longer than the two-year timetable the industry would face under a safety rule proposed by Secretary Anthony Foxx in July.
The public comment period on a new Transportation Department rule to boost the safety of oil shipments by rail ends Tuesday, with industry groups set to reiterate their stances that Bakken crude can be safely transported if properly classified and handled.
The American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers were to file their comments by the deadline, and both planned to hold conference calls planned with reporters to highlight their views.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The oil industry's lead trade group released new standards on Thursday for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people.
As with earlier orders from the federal government, the industry standards leave it to individual companies to decide how often to test crude in order to gauge its danger.
Bakken crude is safe enough that no further treatment is needed before it’s transported by rail, oil company executives told the North Dakota Industrial Commission Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's state-controlled Petrobras oil company said six workers were injured in a fire at a refinery in the state of Sao Paulo.
Petrobras said in a statement it is investigating what caused Thursday's fire at the Henrique Lage refinery in the city of Sao Jose Campos. It is Brazil's third largest refinery, with a capacity to refine 250,000 barrels of oil per day.
The Sierra Club, Earthjustice and ForestEthics have filed a lawsuit to force the Department of Transportation to ban older DOT-111 tank cars from carrying crude, in the wake of a spate of explosions and fires after derailments, The Hill reports.
Oil and gas workers who open hatches on top of tanks at well sites are exposed to a higher level of benzene than is considered safe by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Department of Transportation rules to tighten safety standards on oil trains is really a disguised Obama administration attempt to rein in fossil fuel development, climate change skeptic Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told a senior DOT official at a hearing Tuesday, National Journal reports.
Freight trains carrying crude oil will be barred from being left unattended, under new rules being proposed by the Department of Transportation intended to prevent runaway train disasters like the derailment in Lac-Megantic, The Hill reports.
House Science, Space and Technology subcommittees hearing, "Bakken Petroleum: The Substance of Energy Independence." DOE Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith, PHMSA Deputy Administrator Timothy Butters to testify.
TransCanada has filed an application running more than 30,000 pages with the country’s National Energy Board, seeking approval of the Energy East pipeline which would carry Alberta oil sands crude east, a process likely to take some 18 months, The Canadian Press reports.
A poll conducted for news organizations in South Dakota found that voters in the state –- which is in the process of renewing an expired permit for it -- overwhelmingly back the Keystone XL pipeline, although the issue does not appear on the November ballot, Gannett’s Argus Leader reports.
A Hart research poll commissioned by three environmental groups finds that 54 percent of voters surveyed in five swing states would be more likely to cast a ballot for a candidate who wants to take action against climate change, and 68 percent back one looking to expand renewable energy, The Hill reports.
Delta Airlines subsidiary Monroe Energy has written to the Surface Transportation Board -- in a letter posted online Wednesday -- complaining that delays to crude-by-rail deliveries are severely disrupting its operations, E&E reports.
Wednesday’s Federal Reserve decision to finish its asset-purchase program pumped up the dollar Thursday, which sent oil prices down. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell $1.08 to finish trading on the Nymex at $81.12 a barrel, while in London Brent lost 1 percent, or 88 cents to settle at $86.24, Bloomberg reports.
U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino has rejected a request from the Tokyo Electric Power Company to throw out a class action lawsuit filed against it by U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radiation after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, Bloomberg reports.
Net income in the third quarter for midstream operator Enterprise Products Partners was 18 percent higher, at $699 million, compared to the year-ago period, on bigger fees and a larger volume of crude flowing through its pipelines, FuelFix reports.
In a consent decree filed in District Court in Texas, Superior Crude Gathering Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million for violations of the Clean Water Act for spilling 2,200 barrels of crude into a wetland four years ago, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, UPI reports.
James Famiglietti, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has written a commentary published in the journal Nature Climate Change, backed by new satellite data, which warns that groundwater supplies in the world’s most arid places are continuing to dry up, E&E reports.