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Older Rail Tankers Unsafe For Transport Of Crude Oil

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Spencer, IA: (Apr. 23, 2014) – As if the rail industry in the northern U.S. didn’t have enough problems already.

On Monday, the Chair of the National Safety Transportation Board said older-model tanker cars were not built to handle hazardous liquids like crude oil and is warning railroads against using them.

Speaking at an event in Washington, NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman said the older model DOT-111 tanker car was not built to handle such shipments. Asked if such tank cars should be parked, Hersman said,” Carrying corn oil is fine. Carrying crude oil is not…..”

The U.S. is enjoying an oil production boom, but moving the increasing supply of petroleum to market is proving to be a logistical nightmare – especially as the railroads also try to move last year’s bumper corn crop to export hubs.

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