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Two small quakes shake North Texas

Two small earthquakes rattled North Texas Sunday, but as usual no major damage was reported. Initially, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that the first quake, at 10:11 a.m. Sunday about 2 miles north of Irving, had a magnitude of 3.1 magnitude. A few minutes later, it was upgraded to 3.2. Then at 4:12 p.m. a 2.5-magnitude quake was reported about ...

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Quotebox – In wake of oil train plan, debate between safety and commerce

WASHINGTON – The United States and Canada have a 400-page plan to control oil train dangers that walks a thin line: promote safety without stifling a business that has spurred domestic oil production. As with many such contentious issues, calls by regulators to retrofit oil tank cars, reduce speeds and require new braking systems in the continent’s oil-by-rail business offered ...

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New oil train speed limits unlikely to stop explosive crashes

NEW YORK – New U.S. and Canadian speed limits for oil trains will do little to temper the likelihood and severity of explosive accidents that have grown in frequency over the past two years, critics of new regulations said on Friday. Walking a line between increasing safety and keeping oil shipments moving at a clip on North American rails, regulators ...

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Regulators toughen safety standards for rail cars carrying Bakken crude

WASHINGTON — U.S. and Canadian transportation officials on Friday announced stricter safety standards for train cars hauling Bakken crude oil across Minnesota. The new rules come as rare but catastrophic derailments of trains carrying highly flammable Bakken crude have led to explosions and oil spills in Canada, North Dakota, West Virginia and Illinois. The 2013 Canadian accident at Lac-Mégantic killed ...

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2 injured in Wyoming oil facility explosion, fire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two workers are injured in an explosion and fire at an oil facility in Converse County. The blast happened just before noon Friday at the Chesapeake Energy facility about four miles north of Douglas. Rob Black with the state Department of Workforce Services says two contractors with Susquehanna Services were pumping fluid out of containers at the ...

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North Dakota: Death Trap?

North Dakota

For the third year in a row, people died on the job in North Dakota than any other state in 2015, The Guardian reports. According to an annual report from union federation AFL-CIO, 14.9 fatalities occurred per 100,000 workers—four times the national average and double the amount of work-related deaths in 2007. The death toll is especially concentrated in the energy ...

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Recent oil train crashes in the US and Canada

Sweeping regulations to boost the safety of trains transporting crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids were announced Friday by U.S. and Canadian officials. The long-awaited regulations are a response to a series of oil train accidents in both countries over the last few years that have resulted in spectacular fires that burned for days. Here are some of those ...

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US, Canada agree on new standards for railroad oil tankers

oil transporting

PITTSBURGH – The U.S. and Canada on Friday announced regulations that would phase out or strengthen the railroad oil tankers involved in several recent explosions by 2020. The regulations impose enhanced design standards for tankers built after Oct. 1 and establish a schedule for retrofitting or eliminating existing tankers. They also require enhanced braking systems that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony ...

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Fee proposed on rail cars that haul oil, other flammables

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions. The fee would start at $175 and increase to $1,400 per car by 2018. It would raise an estimated $600 million ...

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Authorities cap blowing gas well in Calcasieu Parish

BELL CITY, La. — State police say a natural gas well that blew wild in Calcasieu Parish has been secured, and evacuated residents have returned home. State police Sgt. James Anderson says the blowout happened Wednesday afternoon causing the evacuation of 10 residents from four nearby homes near Bell City. Anderson tells The Associated Press Friday the well was capped ...

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