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Railroad industry urges upgrade in oil tank car safety

BY RALPH VARTABEDIAN
Los Angeles Times (MCT)

LOS ANGELES – After a series of fiery crashes involving trains hauling crude oil, the railroad industry called on the federal government Thursday to significantly strengthen safety standards for new tank cars and require retrofitting of the nation’s huge fleet of existing tankers.
Tank car safety has taken on greater urgency as the oil industry turns to rail to ship the massive increases in oil production that are occurring in shale fields not served by major pipelines, including North Dakota, Colorado and south Texas.
U.S. crude production is up 41 percent since ...


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