The Friday derailment roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Since early February, there have been at least five 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. 

 

Nearly two years after 47 people died in a fiery crude oil train derailment in Quebec, federal regulators in the U.S. and Canada unveiled their final rule to improve the safety of crude-by-rail, according to Politico .

DOT issues final rules on flammable oil trains

 

The administration of Gov. Tom Wolf announced it hired a renowned rail expert to focus on the safety of trains hauling millions of gallons of flammable crude oil across Pennsylvania daily.

Gov. Wolf steps up his crude-by-rail safety game with hiring of rail expert

 

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