The Department of Transportation (DOT) said Wednesday that some large shipments of crude oil by rail should only use newer tank cars and railroads must notify officials in each state where the trains will travel.
The order applies to trains carrying more than 1 million gallons of oil — which would fill about 35 tank cars — from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, Montana and Canada. Railroads should use the most advanced tankers in their fleets for those shipments and avoid using legacy cars from the DOT 111 standard, DOT said.
Sen. Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampSenators introduce dueling miners bills A small business executive order: Justification for regulation Dems prepare to face off with Trump's pick to lead EPA MORE (D-N.D.) called the order “a step in the right direction.”
“All communities along the rails deserve to know that necessary precautions are being taken to improve the safety of crude oil shipments, and as a result, make sure our communities are safe,” Heitkamp said in a statement. “Providing states and first responders with the information they need to plan for potential events is an important first step.”
Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerCBO: 18 million could lose coverage after ObamaCare repeal Week ahead: Trump's health pick takes the hot seat Schumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal MORE (D-N.Y.) applauded the announcement as a “crucial first step” to increase the safety of crude-by-rail.
“This federal requirement that information be shared directly with the state opens the door for this potentially life-saving info to be shared with local first responders, which should happen as soon as possible,” Schumer said in a statement.