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Oil Train Safety
Mon February 10, 2014
Tesoro To Upgrade To Safer Oil Tankers
The industry is responding after several derailments, fires and explosions involving trains hauling shipments of crude oil throughout North America. New plans are being announced to make tanker train cars safer.
Right now, Tesoro ships crude oil by rail through the Pacific Northwest to a refinery in Anacortes, Washington. The company plans to expand its oil shipments with a proposed shipping terminal in Vancouver, Washington. Keith Casey is with Tesoro. He says the newer tanker cars will lower the risk of explosions.
“These cars are of a higher safety factor in preparation if there was a derailment or another type of issue.” said Casey
The company plans to have the newer models in place by the middle of this year. Environmental groups are concerned these new models still don’t alleviate explosion risks. The Portland-based rail car manufacturer Greenbrier recently announced it is also trying to reduce the risk of oil train explosions. The company says it is working to design what it’s calling a ‘Tank car of the future.’
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