Make Bakken crude safer to ship, says Schumer

Times Union | March 4, 2015 | Post by Eric Anderson

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on federal agencies to develop safety standards governing volatility that oil companies would have to meet in order to transport crude by rail. In a conference call Wednesday with reporters, he said the standards developed by the North Dakota Industrial Commission were “not enough,” pointing out that the crude from North Dakota’s Bakken field that exploded in Lac Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people, would have met that standard.

Schumer said the stability of crude was not part of the new safety standards for tank cars that federal regulators are currently developing.

Schumer said he’d call on the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy to develop the stability standards.

The Port of Albany has developed into a major transshipment point for the volatile Bakken crude, as tanker trains from Canadian Pacific and CSX unload and transfer the crude to tankers, barges and other trains for delivery to refineries along the East Coast.

Schumer said hundreds of oil-laden tank cars travel across the state daily en route to the port and to downstate destinations.

Last month, trains derailed in West Virginia and Ontario within days of each other, exploding into fireballs that firefighters couldn’t extinguish, instead letting the fires burn themselves out.

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