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Ship pilot: Didn't see tug in crash until too late

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The pilot guiding a freighter into the foggy Houston Ship Channel when it crashed into an oil-filled barge earlier this year says he did not see the barge until it was too late to avoid a collision.

The tugboat captain said earlier Tuesday at a federal hearing investigating the accident that the larger vessel increased its speed and she couldn't maneuver quickly to avoid the crash.

The pilot says he needed the speed to navigate strong currents.

Oil

Doubts raised over accuracy of Bakken crude assurances

Source: 
Reuters

There are problems with industry reports claiming that existing safety standards are enough to regulate Bakken crude being shipped by rail, officials and lawmakers, including Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday, Reuters reports.

Oil

TransCanada: No link between mandates and welding issues, but pledges more safety work

Source: 
E&E

TransCanada may have taken issue with an AP report that linked new mandates to welding problems on the southern leg of its Keystone pipeline, but the company is promising to implement a number of additional measures in response to a third party engineering analysis of pipeline safety risks, E&E reports.

Oil

Japan oil tanker explodes off SW coast; 1 missing

TOKYO (AP) — The coast guard says a Japanese oil tanker has exploded off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing and the other seven injured.

Public broadcaster NHK says four of the injured people were severely burned.

Oil

Interactive oil train map released ahead of Lac Megantic anniversary

Source: 
FuelFix

Oil Change International, which backs reduced fossil fuel use, has released an interactive map of oil train movements across the U.S., just over a month away from the anniversary of a deadly derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, FuelFix reports.

Oil

Local officials struggle to prepare for oil train emergencies

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The secrecy surrounding the shipment of oil on U.S. railroads, beginning to be lifted only slowly next month, creates enormous challenges for fire departments and other emergency responders across the country, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Oil

Hamm: Bakken oil threatened by safety missteps

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The godfather of North Dakota's present oil bonanza predicted the state's crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decade's end but warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps would threaten that.

"We can't have any more issues," Harold Hamm, the chairman of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources Inc., told expo-goers at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. "It has to be done in an absolute safe manner. It's going to take all of us."

Oil

API's Gerard holds media teleconference on Bakken crude rail shipments

Washington, May 22, 2014, 2:30 pm

American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard holds media teleconference to discuss shipments of Bakken crude oil and safety issues. 

Oil

Industry: Bakken oil not more risky than others

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry pushed back Tuesday against tougher rules for rail cars carrying crude following a string of fiery accidents, asserting in a new report that oil from the Northern Plains is no more dangerous than some other cargoes.

But the results of the industry-funded study differ from the stance of the federal government, which issued a safety alert in January warning the public, emergency responders and shippers about the potential high volatility of crude from the Bakken oil patch.

Oil

Railways, oil producers differ over liability rules in Canada

Source: 
The Canadian Press

In the wake of last year's disastrous derailment in Lac Megantic, railway operators in Canada would like to see a change in the country’s liability rules. They currently are obliged to move customers’ cargo, including crude oil, but also have to take all responsibility if something goes wrong, The Canadian Press reports.

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