The Friday derailment roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Since early February, there have been at least six train derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

To keep up with these incidents and new safety regulations, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories every Friday.

 

Mysterious Montana derailment 

After a 106-car crude oil train derailed last month in Montana, some are speculating about why the tank cars didn't explode and if it's because many of the explosive vapors were removed before it was shipped, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

Focus on the tracks 

While much attention has been paid to improving tank cars, a new paper from a group promoting infrastructure investments said more needs to be done to improve railroad tracks to boost rail safety, according to The Houston Chronicle.

 

New Jersey crude oil train routes still kept secret

Although Pennsylvania releases some information on crude oil train routes, New Jersey still shields such information from the public under an agreement Gov. Chris Christie made with CSX railroad last year, according to NorthJersey.com.

 

Philadelphia refinery went from near extinction to $1 billion business in just three years

Philadelphia Energy Solutions went public on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday valued at $1.3 billion, according to Philly.com. The refinery processes 335,000 barrels of crude oil per day, much of it arriving via trains from North Dakota's Bakken Shale region.

 

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