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U.S., Canadian Officials Look To End Oil-by-Rail Disasters

Scorched oil tankers on July 10, 2013, at the train derailment site in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.(Photo by Steeve Duguay/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Ben Geman
January 13, 2014

Officials in the U.S. and Canada are huddling over how to improve the safety of shipping crude oil by rail, following recent derailments and explosions on both sides of the border.

Canada's CBC news service reports on a planned meeting in Ottawa on Monday that will bring together Canadian regulators, industry leaders,  and representatives from the U.S. Embassy.

In the U.S., the Transportation Department is under pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to complete a regulation that toughens standards for rail tank cars.

 

Booming oil production in North Dakota and elsewhere has led to a surge in use of railways to move U.S. crude oil.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., spoke with Platts Energy Week TV about the topic in an interview that aired Sunday.

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