U.S. demands Oil train data
BISMARCK, N.D. — The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered railroads last month to give state officials specifics on oil train routes and volumes so emergency responders can better prepare for accidents.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said a pattern of fiery accidents involving trains carrying crude from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana had created an “imminent hazard” to public safety. Most notable of those was an oil train derailment last July in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47.
Railroads that fail to comply with the order are subject to a $175,000-per-day fine and are prohibited from hauling oil from the Bakken until they do so.
CSX Corp., Union Pacific and BNSF Railway sought to prevent states from turning over the information, saying details on the shipments are security sensitive. But officials in North Dakota and other states refused, citing public records laws.