Groups seek to ban older rail cars carrying crude oil

Dec 2, 2014 4:20 PM by Associated Press

Environmental groups have filed a court petition to ban older railroad cars from transporting crude oil.

Earthjustice and two other organizations filed a petition Tuesday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a ban on so-called DOT-111 cars built before 2011. The U.S. Department of Transportation last month rejected the groups' demand. DOT says it's developing new guidelines that will phase out the older cars.

Public concern is mounting over the safety of shipping crude by train. Since 2008, derailments of oil trains in the U.S. and Canada have seen the older 70,000-gallon tank cars break open and ignite on multiple occasions, resulting in huge fireballs. A train carrying Bakken-formation crude from North Dakota in the older tanks crashed in a Quebec town last year, killing 47 people.

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