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Oil

Texas rig blast kills 3

Source: 
Reuters

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

Oil

Spate of oil train derailments raises safety concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four trains hauling crude oil have derailed in the U.S. and Canada since mid-February, rupturing tank cars, spilling their contents, polluting waterways and igniting spectacular fires that burned for days.

The derailments have deepened safety concerns that if an oil-train accident were to occur in a populated area, the results could be disastrous.

Oil

CSB probing Torrance refinery blast

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Responding to a request from Reps. Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has sent a team to Torrance to investigate last month’s explosion and fire at an Exxon Mobil refinery, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Oil

Train carrying crude oil derails in northern Ontario

GOGAMA, Ontario (AP) — A CN Rail train carrying crude oil derailed early Saturday in northern Ontario, causing numerous tank cars to catch fire and spill into a local river system, officials said.

It was the third CN oil train derailment in northern Ontario in less than a month, and the second in the same area, renewing concerns about the safety of shipping crude oil by train and further suggesting that new safety requirements for tank cars carrying flammable liquids are inadequate. CN said the cars had been retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard known as the 1232.

Oil

California lawmakers confront Exxon staff at hearing

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

At a hearing Thursday, State Sen. Isadore Hall told Brian Ablett -- manager of Exxon Mobil's Torrance refinery -- that lawmakers would hold the company “accountable” for last month’s explosion at the facility, which Ablett said was caused by pressure in an emission control device, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment this week were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, railroad officials said.

The fire continued to burn Friday, a day after 21 of the train's 105 cars derailed in a rural area south of the city of Galena. No injuries were reported, but the accident was the latest in a series of failures for the safer tank-car model that has led some people calling for even tougher requirements.

Oil

Safety the focus at Torrance hearing on refinery blast

Source: 
KCLA

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., told a hearing Thursday on the Torrance refinery explosion that he would ask the U.S. Chemical Safety Board to investigate the accident, while outside the hearing refinery workers issued warnings about safety practices, KCLA reports.

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Oil

Train carrying Bakken crude derails, burns in Illinois

GALENA, Ill. (AP) — A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Illinois, bursting into flames and prompting officials to suggest that everyone with 1 mile evacuate, authorities said.

The BNSF Railway train derailed Thursday afternoon in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, according to company spokesman Andy Williams. The train had 103 cars loaded with crude oil, along with two buffer cars loaded with sand. A cause for the derailment hadn't yet been determined. No injuries were reported.

Oil

Gases should be stripped from crude carried by rail: Schumer

Source: 
FuelFix

Saying that stiffer safety requirements under consideration are not enough, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has written to the Energy and Transportation Secretaries, demanding that volatile gases get removed from crude before it is transported by rail, FuelFix reports.

Oil

High gas levels in oil on W.Va. derailed train

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The quantity of combustible gas contained in the crude oil on the train that derailed in West Virginia last month was greater than levels permissible in a new North Dakota standard set to take effect in April, according The Wall Street Journal. 

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