Railroads Agree To Wide-Ranging Safety Measures For Crude Oil Shipments After Derailments [View all]
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.
A copy of the agreement between the U.S. Transportation Department and the Association of American Railroads was obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
It calls for railroads to slow down oil trains through major cities, increase track inspections and bolster emergency response planning along routes that carry trains hauling up to 3 million gallons of oil each. Those trains travel thousands of miles from oil producing areas, including the Northern Plains, to coastal refineries.
The agreement does not resolve concerns over another fuel, ethanol, that's also seen a spate of accidents as production has increased. Railroads and federal officials said they would address separately a design flaw in tens of thousands of tank cars that make them prone to rupture during derailments.