Last week’s explosion at Exxon Mobil’s Torrance refinery sent bits of fiberglass, wool and metal used in the facility’s fluid catalytic cracker into the surrounding area, although a South Coast Air Quality Management District report said there was no asbestos, the Los Angeles Times reports.
TORONTO (AP) — A fiery oil train derailment in Ontario this month suggests new safety requirements for tank cars carrying flammable liquids are inadequate, Canada's transport safety board announced Monday.
The Canadian Transportation Safety Board said the tank cars involved in the Feb. 14 train derailment met upgraded standards that started to be instituted in Canada last year for new tank cars carrying crude and other flammable liquids. But it said the Class 111, 1232 standard cars still "performed similarly" to those involved in the derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people two years ago. That accident predated the changes.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.
The projection comes from a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation that reviewed the risks of moving vast quantities of both fuels across the nation and through major cities. The study completed last July took on new relevance this week after a train loaded with crude derailed in West Virginia, sparked a spectacular fire and forced the evacuation of hundreds of families.
BOOMER, W.Va. (AP) — A full-scale federal investigation of an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia has begun as work continues to remove the overturned tank cars from the site, federal officials said Sunday.
A fire sparked by the Feb. 16 derailment in Mount Carbon prevented investigators from gaining full access to the crash scene until this weekend. Foul winter weather also has hampered the investigation. As of Sunday, some cars had been removed from the site but many remained.
The rail industry is prepared to move promptly to implement new federal safety regulations governing the transportation of crude oil, and urged federal officials months ago to make improvements to the newest line of tankers that were involved in a fiery West Virginia crash this week, a top industry official tells EnergyGuardian.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California oil refinery unit that was damaged by an explosion was already offline for unplanned maintenance when the fire occurred, industry analysts said Thursday.
The so-called fluid catalytic cracker unit refines gasoline and is critical to producing California-grade fuel. It was down for two days after problems with a recently repaired component within it when another component exploded, the Oil Price Information Service, which tracks the oil industry, said Thursday. The blast caused a fire that shook the neighborhood on Wednesday and rained debris and ash on nearby lawns. Four contractors were taken to the hospital for evaluation for minor injuries.
Three GOP presidential hopefuls - Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. - are co-sponsoring a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule, The Hill reports. Paul announced the bill Friday.
A report from the center-right think tank American Action Forum estimates that the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant carbon rules could eventually force more than 90 coal-fired plants to retire and cost the economy nearly 300,000 jobs, The Washington Times reports.