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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 3 articles

Oil trains have been responsible for more oil spilled in 2013 than the past 38 years combined

According to a new analysis from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in the U.S., more oil was spilled from trains in 2013 than in every year from 1975 to 2012 combined. Last year, railcars were responsible for the release of more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil while only a combined 800,000 gallons were spilled in the past 38 years. Since the study was just in the U.S., it does not include the disastrous oil train spill occurring in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which resulted the deaths of 47 people and an estimated 1.58 ... Read More

DOT fines Chevron $423,600 for toxic pipeline leak near Salt Lake City

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed on Monday a $423,600 penalty against Chevron Pipe Line Company for contaminating the land and water near the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City with toxic crude oil. A federal investigation of Chevron’s June 2010 pipeline failure found that 800 barrels / 33,600 gallons of crude oil were released into the area around Red Butte Creek. The Chevron incident occurred while the world’s attention was fixated on BP’s epic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the Chevron spill paled in comparison ... Read More

FMCSA announces texting ban for hazmat drivers

Distracted driving killed 5,500 people on American roads and highways last year, and some of those crashes (likely many of them) happened as drivers tried to send and receive text messages behind the wheel – an act that researchers have found is many times more disorienting and deadly than drunk driving. Considering the dangers, you would think that it would be illegal for commercial drivers hauling hazardous materials to text behind the wheel. Technically it isn’t. But the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working to change that. Although the agency posted final rules on Tuesday prohibiting commercial truck and ... Read More