US Dept of Transportation Proposes New Rules for Shale Oil Trains

MDN entered the debate over whether or not the movement of shale oil trains, specifically from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota, should be revealed to the public or not, based on security concerns (see New York Caves to Anti-Drillers Again: Discloses Oil Train Movements). Our interest is based on the fact that such oil trains, loaded with Bakken light crude (which contains some NGLs or natural gas liquids like propane and ethane) move through the Utica/Marcellus region–through Ohio and New York on their way to the Port of Albany. Last week we brought you an interesting viewpoint/opinion from someone else (see Revisiting the Bakken Crude Shipment Through NY Debate). The Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a draft set of new rules (see the official 65-page document below)…

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