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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."

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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.

Oil

CEO hopes town where 47 died will OK oil trains

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The company purchasing the assets of a railroad responsible for a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec plans to resume oil shipments after track safety improvements are made, the firm's top executive said Friday.

John Giles, president and CEO of Central Maine and Quebec Railway, said he hopes to have an agreement with officials in Lac Megantic, Quebec, within 10 days that would allow the railroad to ship nonhazardous goods, restoring the vital link between the railroad's operations to the east and west of the community.

Oil

Bankrupt railroad in Quebec derailment sold

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sale of the Maine-based railroad blamed for a deadly oil train derailment in Quebec has been completed 10 months after the disaster that claimed 47 lives.

Chapter 11 trustee Robert Keach said the parties closed Thursday on the $15.85 million sale of bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway. A separate, parallel Canadian proceeding will be completed at a later date.

Proceeds from the sale will help pay off creditors.

Oil

Bakken crude volatile, but no new rules needed: Industry group

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, a lobbying group for the industry, says existing federal rules are sufficient regarding the loading and transportation of Bakken crude, even though it acknowledges that data shows the oil is very volatile, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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