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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Obama administration has turned to lasers -- used in the Light Detection and Ranging System, or LIDAR -- to create extremely accurate 3-D mapping, which the U.S. Geological Survey says has the potential to head off billions of dollars in flood damage as well as revolutionize planning for infrastructure, National Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing enough to monitor the effect fracking has on water contamination and seismic activity, and needs to update and step up enforcement efforts, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Two top Chinese officials who’d been prominent in the operations of China National Petroleum Corp. in Canada have departed, calling into question the future of a billion dollar oil sands project, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Northwest Energy Innovations is to start testing a prototype in September in Oahu, of a device which will harvest up to 20 kilowatts from wave energy and add it to the grid, the first time that will have been done in the U.S., The Associated Press reports, citing a story in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Weather satellite data are vulnerable to hacking because of security issues with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration information systems, according to E&E, which cites a report from the Inspector General at the Commerce Department.
Within days of the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency’s second ranking official, Bob Perciasepe, was leaving, Craig Hooks, the agency’s top human resources official who has come in for increasing scrutiny in the wake of the John Beale scandal, has sent out an email to staff announcing his own departure, E&E reports.
EU states are expected to agree to final details Tuesday on a tougher round of against Russia over the Ukraine crisis -– including an arms sales embargo and restrictions on energy technology -- after the leaders of Germany, Britain, France and Italy discussed the measures in a conference call with President Obama, Reuters reports.
Murray Energy, the coal company that’s challenging the Obama administration’s carbon rule as well as protections for miners over coal dust, is being targeted by a radio ad from Public Citizen, The Hill reports.
With signs of weaker demand and the current international crises not appearing to be cutting into crude supplies, prices continued to decline Monday, Bloomberg reports, noting that U.S. benchmark crude for September delivery fell 42 cents to settle at $101.67 a barrel on the N.Y. Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude declined 82 cents to $107.57.