New Federal Regulations for Oil Tank Cars are on the Right Track

The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents earlier this year that caused enormous impacts to communities that are not even producing crude oil. Among the proposed rules released by the DOT are new speed limits for trains carrying oil, enhanced safety features for new railcars to carry oil and ethanol, and a quick phasing-out of older cars deemed unsafe. Other measures include advanced braking systems for trains, and expanded oil flammability testing before cargoes are shipped.