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Rail association, DOT agree on new oil-by-rail safety measures

Washington – In response to recent derailments, many railroads that ship oil will begin taking new safety precautions this year, under a new agreement between the Department of Transportation and the Association of American Railroads.

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx recently met with AAR to discuss concerns about derailments and transporting oil from the Bakken Formation. A Jan. 2 advisory from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration warned that oil from the formation may be more flammable and prone to explosions than “traditional” heavy crude oil.

Among the new voluntary measures:

Most of the measures are scheduled to go into effect between March and July.