Inspection blitz targets Bakken crude shipped by rail

  • Article by: Angela Greiling Keane , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: August 29, 2013 - 9:30 PM

Federal authorities are looking at whether tank cars’ contents are correctly classified so emergency responders know what’s inside.

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honeybooAug. 29, 13 9:37 PM

Thanks for showing a photo of the Quebec tragedy, as if that has any relationship to North Dakota. Be sure to toss in a few pictures of Hiroshima, too, to make your point.

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chasgoodniteAug. 29, 13 9:58 PM

Are you kidding? It's crude oil!

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bosshogAug. 29, 1311:09 PM

@honeyboo - if you read the article it stated the association was because those train cars were loaded in North Dakota and they may not have been properly marked In North Dakota.

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freedubayAug. 29, 1311:29 PM

A major shipper of North Dakota crude is the lefts best friend Warren Buffet. Buffet own BNSF railroad, He is making millions off oil shipping plus his $700 million investments in Canada tar sands. He is no better or worse than the Koch brothers but gets a free pass from the press, unlike the Kochs. Guess it all depends who your friends are.

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fisherboyAug. 29, 1311:34 PM

I may be wrong but a tanker in a fiery explosion is a little to late to figure out the contents off a placard. Do get the fact that other tankers may be in jeopardy of same fate. Would it not make more sense to have a central database that identifies trains, tankers, boxcars and their contents. Logistics of shipping and delivery have to keep track of where stuff is going why not allow public safety officials access to this information as well.

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ruphinaAug. 30, 13 2:00 AM

For instance, a "central database" of every shipment available to "public safety officials" would by default then require only one hacker or one infiltrator to identify targets for terrorists. And if you think our government can actually manage a huge database accessible by literally thousands w/o it being compromised, why don't you have a talk about Mr. Snowden with our president. Bill G.

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texas_technomanAug. 30, 13 4:50 AM

The placards are for the sake of emergency response personnel...the railroads already know what is in ever car, where it is, and where it's headed. They have been using computer systems since the '60's to manage inventory. The tank cars themselves are owned by the shippers or leasing companies. They could be constructed, or retrofitted with bulkheads that would make them less likely to rupture. The railroads have asked for this; but the shippers (petroleum and chemical companies) have pushed back saying it's too expensive. The railroads, as a common carrier, are required to carry these loads, regardless.

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exrepublicanAug. 30, 13 5:17 AM

Freedubay-The Koch brothers don't get a free pass because they use their massive oil fortune to promote a political agenda via so-called think tanks, bought politicians, and politicial advertising and organizations. That agenda--promoting the idea that Climate Change is a "hoax"; fighting against the development of clean energy, better electric cars and better rail transportation; and doing everything possible to break unions and concentrate money and power in the top 2%--just happens to dovetail with their business, which is selling more fossil fuel. But don't let facts get in the way of being an angry teapartier.

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davidf69Aug. 30, 13 6:31 AM

exrepublican- you mean the Koch brothers are no better then George Sorous

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iowafarmgirlAug. 30, 13 6:35 AM

Build the damn pipeline!

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