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US Orders Railroads To Alert States When Oil Is Shipped

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May 12, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order designed to reduce the risks of transporting crude from North Dakota’s booming Bakken region by rail, a week after an oil train derailed and burned in Virginia, Bloomberg News said May 7.

The order requires railroads to notify state emergency agencies when they haul Bakken crude through communities. A separate advisory discourages carriers from using an older tank car known as the DOT-111 tied to some accidents, though the order doesn’t ban their use.

“The safety of our nation’s railroad system, ...

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