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December 20, 2016

Federal Government on the Right Track – Improved Safety Standards for Transportation of Crude Oil by Rail

Whether by pipeline, rail or road, transporting petroleum products comes with risks to people, property and the environment.  Although pipelines have been a central focus for governments in recent months, safe rail transportation has also moved to the top of the federal agenda in light of significant derailments and spills involving crude oil.

Since November 1, 2016, DOT-111 tank cars are prohibited for the transportation of oil, and cars transporting oil are now subject to more stringent safety requirements.  The DOT-111 cars are being phased out for oil transportation 6 months earlier than planned for non-jacketed cars and 16 months earlier than planned for jacketed cars.

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