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Oil train accidents force regulators to look at tank car safety

(Source: Star-Tribune, January 8, 2014)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Oil train explosions like the one last week near Casselton, N.D., have revived long-standing worries that older railroad tank cars need to be strengthened to better withstand accidents.
Three disasters in the past six months in the United States and Canada have demonstrated the risks of carrying crude oil by rail. Oil tankers now carry more than 10 percent of U.S. oil, up 40-fold in five years, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Full story: Star-Tribune

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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