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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.

Oil

New DOT oil train rules could trigger tank car shortage, industry warns

Source: 
Platts

Trying to phase out old DOT-111 tank cars within two years, as proposed in new Department of Transportation regulations, could trigger a shortage and hurt oil and ethanol production, industry officials warned, Platts reports.

Slow public alert after ND fire raises concerns

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Officials need to improve communication with residents of North Dakota's booming oil patch during potentially dangerous situations, an emergency manager and residents said, after an oil field service supply facility storing toxic chemicals exploded this week and authorities failed to alert the public for more than six hours.

"They should have done more," Aaron Volesky, a resident of Williston, North Dakota said of the slow release of information. No one was injured or killed in the explosion and fire, which started about midnight Monday and raged most of Tuesday. Flights to and from the town of 20,000 people were canceled for several hours Tuesday as a plume of smoke shot hundreds of feet into the air.

Oil

Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.

But many details were put off until later as regulators struggle to balance safety against the economic benefits of a fracking boom that has sharply increased U.S. oil production. Among the issues: What type of tank cars will replace those being phased out, how fast will they be allowed to travel and what kind of braking systems will they need?

Oil

DOT to announce new oil train safety rules

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday will announce new rules covering oil train safety, sources told The Wall Street Journal, which says the plan has railroads concerned about possible speed restrictions and oil companies worried about limits on tank car volumes.

Oil

Fire extinguished at ND oil supply company

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A once-massive blaze at an oil supply and logistics company that housed flammable chemicals in Williston, North Dakota, has been extinguished, according to the town's fire department.

Most firefighters returned from the facility belonging to Red River Supply late Tuesday, though one truck remained early Wednesday to monitor hot spots, said fire department shift captain Steven Kerzmann.

"The fire is out, but you've got some smoldering embers that might pop up here and there," he said.

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