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  •  This is one case where (5+ / 0-)

    "both sides do it." Cheney and his energy cronies wrote the Bush Administration's energy "policy."

    "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

    by Mr MadAsHell on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:43:56 AM PDT

    •  the American Petroleum Institute (7+ / 0-)

      is currently dictating the new oil by rail safety standards (and making sure they are toothless).  And it is Obama and his appointees letting it happen.  

      Bob Greco, group director of downstream and industry operations at the API, said April 24 the industry hasn't yet seen data that would support a rapid phaseout of existing DOT-111 rail tank cars. He said a mandatory phaseout of the older tank cars, which still make up the bulk of the fleet used to transport crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region and other production areas, would be “a very poor policy decision.”

      Greco said it was too early to comment on the new Canadian regulations, but said the API would like to understand the information that pushed Transport Canada to decide on a three-year phaseout and retrofit period.

      “We think these are safe cars that, when operated properly, can be used safely,” Greco said.

      •  I hope the railroads stand up to them (1+ / 0-)
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        Most of them don't like putting their employees and property at risk to haul this stuff.  

        Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

        by Betty Pinson on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 11:42:48 AM PDT

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      •  That is to say (1+ / 0-)
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        hester

        "If they are operated so that there are no accidents, then there won't be any accidents."

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        (Second S = "Sherlock".)

        •  What the API shill (2+ / 0-)
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          libera nos, wilywascal

          fails to mention is that when these tank cars are operated properly that means they aren't carrying explosive ethanol or Bakken crude oil.  Something they were never designed to do.  Essentially the API's argument is if they trains never have any problems and there are no derailments, than the cars are perfectly safe.  

          It's painful to listen to these bastards but also watch the politicians and regulators sit there and take it and not call bullshit on them.  

          The API is effectively the chief regulatory agency when it comes to pipelines and rail transport of oil.

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