Railroads are Answerable for Oil Train Mishaps, says Energy Industry Leader

Published By : 18 Mar 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A leading voice for the energy industry commented on Monday that Washington rail industry is highly responsible for the U.S. regulators as well as for preventing oil train accidents. The efforts to enhance the rail safety start with addressing the track integrity and human factors. The new regulations will keep more trains on the right tracks. This was written to Transportation Secretary by the President of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers.

The letter specifically noted out the disputed comments from Sarah Feinberg who happens to be the acting head of the Federal Railroad Administration. Sarah said the energy industry has to put in more efforts to control the volatility of the oil trains. She informed the reporters that they are running out of many things in order to put things right on the railroads. The oil train tankers have skipped the tracks that resulted in fires and explosions. 

Many shipments originated from the energy fields situated in North Dakota’s Bakken. The fuel in this region is volatile and light. Such factors are the best way to prevent disaster. 

Drevna cited that there were more than 1,100 incidents of derailment on the rail lines last year. The weak track conditions were the main cause of those accidents. The federal regulators were satiated with the safety record of rail operators. 

In addition, the White House is anticipated to endorse a national oil train safety plan by coming May. The plan will need thicker tank cars, certain improvements and advanced braking systems. 

The refiners have invested around $4 billion to adopt safer tank car designs and are further waiting for safety blueprint from Washington. 

According to Feinberg’s remarks, the root cause of rail accidents is misunderstood. 

Monday was spent on U.S. Sen. Al Franken endorsing Feinberg’s comments on the oil industry.
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