May 13, 2015
THIS MAY 6 photo shows a line of oil tanker cars sit on the BNSF railroad tracks in Harvey, N.D. The U.S. oil industry is challenging new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail. The American Petroleum Institute petitioned the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to block a requirement that the existing model of railroad tank cars be phased out or upgraded. The petition filed May 11 also challenges a requirement for more advanced braking systems on fuel-hauling trains.
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BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following a string of fiery derailments in recent years. The American Petroleum Institute’s petition to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., would set aside a requirement for improvements to railroad tank cars that are known to fail during accidents.