US, Canada Urge New Safety Rules for Crude Oil Rail Shipments

From The New York Times

By Jad Mouawad

In a joint move that highlighted growing concerns about the safety of crude oil transportation by rail, officials from the United States and Canada issued a series of recommendations on Thursday, including that the trains avoid populated and sensitive areas.

The recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada follow a series of catastrophic accidents and derailments in the last year, including one that killed 47 people last July in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

Safety officials also urged regulators to make sure rail companies have the response resources to address a worst case, where a train’s entire cargo is spilled. They also recommended an audit of shippers to make sure that hazardous cargo is properly classified.

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