Death toll rises to 9 in Mexico gas tanker explosion

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The death toll from the explosion of a crashed gasoline tanker truck in southern Mexico has risen to nine.

The Tabasco state prosecutor's office posted on its official Facebook page Sunday that five more people had died. Among the dead are a girl and two boys.


Dems' crude-by-rail safety bill would pull 37,000 tankers from service

Four Senate Democrats proposed Wednesday that many of the railroad cars that carry crude oil be taken out of service immediately, that new cars be required to have electronically-controlled pneumatic brakes, and that there be new rules requiring that crude be made less volatile before shipment.

The proposal would immediately pull about 37,000 tanker cars from service as a "market signal" to get safer tankers manufactured, the senators said. The oil and rail industries were quick to raise doubts about the proposal.


Oil train disaster fund grows with Irving Oil's contribution

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposed settlement fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that killed 47 people across the border in Quebec has grown to $270 million (U.S.) with a contribution from Irving Oil, a bankruptcy trustee said Monday.

A court filing Friday in Canada identified 22 parties who have agreed to contribute, including Irving, which previously balked but now says it's providing $60 million to the fund.


Oil train worries increase in Chicago


The fiery oil train derailment earlier this month in Galena, Illinois has triggered concerns among Chicago residents and officials about the safety of such trains rolling through the state’s largest city, the Chicagoist reports.

Canada safety board says tank car standards needed sooner

TORONTO (AP) — Canada needs to implement tougher standards for oil trains earlier than a 2025 target, the transportation safety board said Tuesday.

The government proposed tougher standards for tank cars this month in response to a string of fiery crashes. The new proposal would require the cars to have a layer of thermal protection and thicker steel walls. It said the new standards should be phased in by 2015.


Oil spending cuts shouldn’t compromise safety: Official


Oil companies shouldn’t compromise safety even as they slash spending to maintain their bottom lines in the face of falling oil prices, the head of the Association for Energy Service Companies told Bloomberg.


Court upholds Chemical Safety Board jurisdiction in Deepwater Horizon probe


Another court - this one a federal appeals panel - has upheld the jurisdiction of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board to investigate the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, FuelFix reports.


Rejection of ‘seaman’s manslaughter’ charges against BP upheld

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An appeals court ruled Wednesday that BP should not be charged with “seaman’s manslaughter” in connection with the Deepwater Horizon disaster, upholding a judge's earlier ruling, The Associated Press reports.

Canada to propose tougher oil tank car standards

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government has proposed tough new standards for rail tank cars used to transport crude oil in response to a string of fiery crashes.

The proposal, posted online Wednesday by Transport Canada, would require the cars to have outer "jackets," a layer of thermal protection, and thicker steel walls.


Texas rig blast kills 3


An explosion at a Permian Basin well owned by Parsley Energy Inc. killed three people Tuesday and injured another, Reuters reports.


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