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Failure rates raising new fears over use of aging oil tankers

(Source: Star-Tribune, April 22, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tens of thousands of older tanker cars used to haul North Dakota crude oil and Midwestern ethanol run a one-in-four risk of leaking if they derail, railroad officials told the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Tuesday. The failure rate, estimated by the Rail Supply Institute and the American Association of Railroads, illustrates a growing concern for safety that has accompanied skyrocketing shipments of crude oil across the country.

Full story: Star-Tribune

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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