U.S. trying to make flammable fuel rail transportation safer

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Environmental Law on September 17, 2015.

Many things can cause oil spills that could create a serious land or water contamination risk. One such thing are mishaps during the drilling process. Another are mishaps during the transportation of oil.

One major mode of oil transportation is rail. Rail accidents involving trains carrying oil can be quite harmful. In addition to the contamination potential, such accidents can cause explosions, injuries and losses of life.

Over the past several years, there was a big increase in the amount of oil shipments and other flammable fuel shipments over rail. This has led to increased concerns about the safety of flammable fuel rail transportation.

Recently, the federal government has taken an action aimed at increasing the safety of transporting flammable fuels, including oil, via rail and preventing rail accidents involving shipments of flammable fuels. Specifically, it has offered grants to states to be used to improve tracks and highway-railroad crossings on rail routes that see flammable fuel shipments. The total amount of the grants being offered is $10 million.

Do you think these grants will help make rail transportation of oil safer? Do you think they will help decrease accidents involving flammable fuel shipments? What other steps would you like to see the federal government take when it comes to promoting oil rail transportation safety? What do you currently see as the biggest safety and environmental risks when it comes to rail transportation of oil?

It is important for all companies involved in oil extraction, oil refining, oil transportation and any other activities related to oil to do everything they can to prevent incidents that could cause oil spills. Whatever type of incident led to an oil spill, a spill can harm landowners greatly. Attorneys can help Louisiana landowners whose land or groundwater has been contaminated by an oil spill caused by an oil train incident, an oil drilling incident or other oil incidents with understanding if they can pursue lawsuits over the contamination.

Source: The New York Times, "US Offers $10 Million in Grants for Railroad Crossing Fixes," Sept. 2, 2015

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