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Oil Industry Supports Rail Safety Plans

The American Petroleum Institute (API) said it supported the Transportation Department’s announcement that it will require at least two person crews for freight trains — including those hauling crude oil. “The multi-pronged approach that must be taken to enhance rail safety and crude oil transportation incorporates prevention, mitigation and emergency response,” said API’s Downstream Group Director Bob Greco in a statement. “Ensuring trains are adequately staffed and implementing technologies like positive train control could improve safety by preventing accidents before they happen.” DOT’s Federal Railroad Administration also signaled it will propose rules on train securing and the movement of hazardous materials.



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