While most oil shipments by train arrive safely at their destinations,
recent explosions have influenced the U.S. and Canada to enact new regulations
to strengthen railroad oil tankers. This move may be necessary as there
has been a 4,000 percent increase in oil shipments by rail since 2008
due to oil traveling from Bakken Shale.
The Coming Changes
Bakken.com reported that the new regulations would require advanced breaking systems
in crude oil trains, and speed limitswill be imposed for trains that do
not meet the new safety standards. Railroads must also use risk assessments
to find the safest routes for oil shipments.
The Need For Improvements
A July 2013 accident in Quebec shows how dangerous oil train problems can
be as 47 people died when an oil train exploded. There have also been
many recent derailments like the one on May 6. While no one was killed
in this accident, a Bakken crude train went off the tracks, which caused the
evacuation of a small North Dakota town after six cars started burning.
Reaction To Regulations
While the regulations are supposed to improve rail safety, one U.S. senator
said these changes were only one step in the right direction. No one seems
satisfied with the new rules as the president of the Association of American
Railroads said this will back up the rail system. Environmental groups
like the Sierra Club felt the 2020 deadline to comply with the regulations
put communities at risk since they felt like railroads were given too
much time as the railroads could double their operations to work faster
Employees may be entitled to workers' compensation when involved in
oil related accidents.
Contact us to learn about your rights when injured on the job in the Bakken Shale
area so that you can get the
workers' comp benefits you deserve.