What the Exxon Tapes Reveal About the American Petroleum Institute’s Lobbying Tactics on Oil Trains

Image: Freight train burning in Lac-Megantic, Quebec Credit: Transportation Safety Board, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The top oil trade group, which a senior Exxon lobbyist recently described as one of the company’s “whipping boys,” used similar delay tactics to push back against oil-by-rail safety rules. View article in its entirety at the DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka Senior ExxonMobil … Continue reading What the Exxon Tapes Reveal About the American Petroleum Institute’s Lobbying Tactics on Oil Trains

Opinion: Bakken Oil Trains Unsafe at any Speed due to Volatile Oil

View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka On December 22, 2020, a train carrying over 100 tank cars of Bakken oil derailed and caught fire in the small Washington town of Custer. This accident highlights how the regulatory system has failed to protect the public and — in the case of the last … Continue reading Opinion: Bakken Oil Trains Unsafe at any Speed due to Volatile Oil

Regulators Discuss LNG-by-Rail Safety Concerns — After Approving New Rule To Allow Transporting LNG by Rail

View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka New regulations were announced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in July 2020 allowing the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail. That same month, PHMSA released the interim report for its LNG-by-rail task force. It concluded: “The task force did not identify any new safety gaps … Continue reading Regulators Discuss LNG-by-Rail Safety Concerns — After Approving New Rule To Allow Transporting LNG by Rail

Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures

View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka A train carrying over 100 cars of volatile Bakken oil derailed in Washington state, causing the evacuation of the town of Custer. At least two of the train cars ruptured and the oil ignited and burned — reminding us once again why these dangerous trains are … Continue reading Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures

Environmental Groups Sue Trump Admin to Stop LNG Trains

View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka Nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a coalition of environmental groups against the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), challenging a recently finalized Trump administration rule to allow the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail.  “It would only take … Continue reading Environmental Groups Sue Trump Admin to Stop LNG Trains

ACTION ALERT: Dangerous explosives shouldn’t be shipped through our neighborhoods

Please take a moment to sign Environmental Actions's petition. Nobody wants massive tanks of dangerous, explosive fuel in their neighborhood -- but the Trump administration is proposing to transport volatile liquefied fracked gas on railroads across the country.1 This plan is a disaster waiting to happen. There are more than 140,000 miles of freight railroads … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: Dangerous explosives shouldn’t be shipped through our neighborhoods

Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?

View article in its entirety at the National Observer. — Author: Bruce S. Cambell July 6, 2020, is the seventh anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster, which killed 47 people and orphaned 26 children, spilled an unprecedented six million litres of explosive Bakken shale oil, and incinerated the centre of this Québec town. It was … Continue reading Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?

Safety Can’t Be a ‘Pretext’ for Regulating Unsafe Oil Trains, Says Trump Admin

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka The federal agency overseeing the safe transport of hazardous materials released a stunning explanation of its May 11 decision striking down a Washington state effort to regulate trains carrying volatile oil within its borders. A state cannot use “safety as a pretext for inhibiting market growth,” wrote Paul … Continue reading Safety Can’t Be a ‘Pretext’ for Regulating Unsafe Oil Trains, Says Trump Admin

Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka ExxonMobil is a company capable of contradictions. It has been lobbying against government efforts to address climate change while running ads touting its own efforts to do so. And while the oil giant has been responsible for massive methane releases, Exxon has now proposed a new regulatory … Continue reading Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions

Network for Responsible Public Policy

Fossil fuels, depending on where they are extracted, may need to travel across long distances. There are real risks associated with the transportation of fossil fuels, whether by train, truck, or boat, all have histories of spills, explosions, fatalities, and damage. New Jersey needs to end dependence on fossil fuels and move to renewable energy. … Continue reading Network for Responsible Public Policy