A divided U.S. Chemical Safety Board concluded that more study is needed on a proposal to change California refinery safety practices and base them on a European model, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., says his House Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee will hold a hearing about the safety of transporting oil by train following a spate of recent accidents, after receiving a letter signed by a dozen colleagues requesting it, FuelFix reports.
Trains filled with Bakken shale crude are traveling through major cities across the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reports, raising concerns about local authorities' preparedness to deal with potential problems.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Transportation needs to speed up its timeline for finalizing new rules on the construction of rail tanker cars, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Wednesday.
Hoeven's comments came after an item published in the federal register indicated that new rules for tankers might not be finalized until sometime after January 2015. The timeline was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Hoeven said he and other state officials had initially asked for expedited rules in Dec. 2012 and that "industry needs regulatory certainty." "We are concerned that unless DOT provides guidance sooner, the timelines will be too long for industry to transition to newer, safer tanker cars in a timely way," Hoeven said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that all but two of the 20 crude oil tanker cars that derailed outside Casselton, N.D. in late December punctured and spilled crude, raising fresh questions about the safety of rail transport of oil from the Bakken Shale.
In a two-page preliminary report on the Dec. 30 accident, NTSB said the tankers spilled 400,000 gallons of crude oil, which led to a huge explosion and fire that forced the evacuation of the town of about 1,400. The board estimated damages at $6.1 million.
PLASTER ROCK, New Brunswick (AP) — A controlled explosion was used to blast holes in three tanker cars of a derailed oil train in an attempt to extinguish a large fire that continues to burn two and half days after the incident, a Canadian National Railway spokesman said Friday.
A large fireball shot into the sky and a boom resounded after the blast.
"Preliminary indications are everything went as planned," said Canadian National spokesman Jim Feeny.
Officials said 19 rail cars in the 122-car train derailed Tuesday night in a sparsely populated region roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the U.S. border and northern Maine. No one was injured, but about 150 people living nearby were evacuated. There is no word yet on when they might be allowed to return to their homes.
The European Union moved to suspend talks with Russia on plans to move ahead with completion of the South Stream natural gas pipeline and a plan to boost supplies flowing through the Nord Stream pipeline, Reuters reports.
A group of 26 Senate Democrats including Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., this evening will kick off an all-night talkathon to boost climate change urgency, with plans to keep speeches going until 9 a.m. Tuesday, The New York Times reports.
FuelCell Energy, Plug Power Inc. and Ballard Power, all manufacturers of fuel cells, posted significant gains on the Nasdaq today ahead of earnings reports expected to show the companies on the way to profitability, Bloomberg reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is in India today in an effort to soothe tensions from a diplomatic issue and trade dispute over solar panels, and to renew coordination on climate change and energy policy, E&E reports.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee led by Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., will hold a hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday, but no Obama administration witnesses are set to testify, National Journal reports.
A coalition of environmental groups is looking to sway Secretary of State John Kerry against the Keystone XL pipeline through praise, with some touting him as a leader on environmental issues and climate change, Bloomberg reports.
As part of a set of proposals outlining his plan for economic growth, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called for lifting the nation's decades-old ban on crude oil exports and streamlining the review process for new natural gas pipelines, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A white paper released by the Western Values Project argues the federal government must increase royalties for drilling on public land if it lifts the 39-year ban on crude oil exports, FuelFix reports.