July 24, 2014 / 10:04 PM / 3 years ago

Canada board welcomes U.S. oil-by-rail ideas, says danger remains

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada welcomed on Thursday proposed U.S. regulations for oil-by-rail tankers but cautioned of persistent danger until tank cars built before 2011 stop carrying oil and other flammable liquids.

A crude oil train moves past the loading rack at the Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's transloading facility in Ft. Laramie, Wyoming July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The independent federal agency, which investigates accidents and makes recommendations but has no regulatory power, assessed U.S. proposals in April on enhanced tanker car standards and a U.S. recommendation in May that railways avoid using old cars to carry volatile Bakken crude.

It marked as “satisfactory in part” the U.S. response to its recommendation that all DOT-111 cars carrying oil and other flammable liquids meet enhanced protection standards. It said until tankers meet or exceed what became known as CPC-1232 standards introduced in 2011, “the risk will remain.”

Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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