Safety

Iraq imposes curfew in Ramadi, fearing militants

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials in the western Anbar province say a curfew has been imposed in the provincial capital Ramadi over fears that the Islamic State group might try to advance on the city.

Sabah Karhout, the chairman of the Anbar provincial council, says the curfew began at midnight Friday as part of an effort to limit movement in and out of the city.

Oil

Oil spill plaintiff lawyers: keep claims chief

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A move by oil giant BP to have a court fire the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill was opposed Wednesday by the administrator as well as by lawyers for Gulf Coast interests claiming harm from the disaster.

BP had filed a federal court motion in September saying Patrick Juneau should be removed. Among the reasons: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims. According to BP's motion, Juneau worked for the state from July 2010 until July 21, 2011.

Oil

Railroads gather steel, lumber companies in fight against oil rules

Source: 
Bloomberg

U.S. railroad companies have recruited lumber and steel manufacturers in their fight against proposed rules that would require trains carrying crude oil to travel at slower speeds, arguing the rule would trickle down and hurt other industries, Bloomberg reports.

Oil

BP looks to keep lawsuit dead despite unearthed compliance report

Source: 
FuelFix

BP looked to dismiss a recently discovered Interior Department inspector general report detailing a debate over potential compliance issues at a Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling platform, as a contractor and environmental group used the report to urge a federal judge to reopen a $256 billion safety case against the company, FuelFix reports.

Oil

Canadian Pacific made merger offer to CSX

Source: 
The New York Times

As the energy boom continues to boost demand for crude-by-rail shipping, Canadian Pacific Railway recently proposed a merger with CSX to create a freight company worth more than $60 billion, sources told The New York Times, though CSX hasn't embraced the idea in early discussions.

Oil

Pipeline spills 42K gallons of brine in North Dakota

Source: 
The Associated Press

A pipeline leak in North Dakota spilled an estimated 42,000 of saltwater from oil production into a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, though state officials said the incident would not threaten drinking water, The Associated Press reports.

Oil

Refinery switching to newer rail cars for crude

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A refinery in northwest Washington state says it will no longer accept any volatile North Dakota crude oil unless it arrives on newer-model tank cars.

By the first week of October, the BP Cherry Point facility had stopped using pre-2011 standard tank cars, known as DOT-111 cars, for the shipments, The Bellingham Herald reported.

Oil

Big blaze as CN oil train derails in Saskatchewan

Source: 
CBC

Authorities were concerned about the effects of toxic smoke after a Canadian National Railway freight train carrying oil and grain derailed and caught fire in Saskatchewan Tuesday, CBC reports.

Oil

Locals unprepared for oil train emergencies: Inslee

Source: 
The Associated Press

State and federal authorities need to do more to prepare for oil train emergencies, as local responders may not be able to cope, Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., said Wednesday as he unveiled a preliminary report on the subject, according to The Associated Press.

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Oil industry, rail groups call for longer crude tanker phaseout

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.

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