BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. transportation officials said Wednesday details about oil train shipments are not sensitive security information, after railroads have sought to keep it from the public after fiery accidents.
The U.S. Transportation Department has ordered railroads to give states oil-train routes and volumes so emergency responders can prepare for accidents. Railroads have gotten some states to sign deals restricting data for business and security reasons. But the Federal Railroad Administration has said the data may not be withheld from the public to protect security, said Kevin Thompson, of the agency. Montana officials said they intend to release the oil-train information next week.