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Environmental Update On Oil-By-Rail In the Northwest

OPB | Jan. 13, 2014 12:20 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 11:56 a.m.

Rail and oil companies do not have to disclose how many DOT-111 tanker cars travel through the Northwest. DOT-111 tanker cars, which exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and killed 47 people, have a design flaw and are easily punctured.

Rail and oil companies do not have to disclose how many DOT-111 tanker cars travel through the Northwest. DOT-111 tanker cars, which exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and killed 47 people, have a design flaw and are easily punctured.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

As more and more trains carrying crude oil are traveling across the Northwest, lawmakers are asking for more information and better safety standards. According to a recent report by our EarthFix environmental reporting team, “railroad and oil companies are not required to disclose much on shipments or response strategies.”

Recent derailments of trains carrying crude oil shipments in other places has prompted Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) to ask the Department of Energy to investigate safety standards for trains that transport crude oil.

GUESTS:

  • Tony Schick: EarthFix reporter
  • Ashley Ahearn: KUOW environmental reporter with EarthFix

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