On April 4, 16 United States Senators sent a letter to Chairman Patty Murray, D-WA, and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-ME, of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies urging its members to create a “Safe Transportation of Energy Fund” that would address existing and emerging safety issues that are related to transporting crude oil and other energy products by rail. The senators also called for an increase in the number of inspection personnel available to the Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). continue reading
Will display full lines of couplings, rack monitors, swivels, breakaways and loading arms in booth 733
Lebanon, OH – April 10, 2014 – OPW Engineered Systems, a leading manufacturer of loading arm and coupling systems for the safe and efficient loading and unloading of hazardous materials, is pleased to announce its involvement in the 34th Annual International Operating Conference & Trade Show (ILTA). The conference and exhibition will be held June 2-4, 2014 in Houston, TX, USA. The ILTA show brings together professionals from the global bulk-liquid terminal industry.
According to recent analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Eagle Ford shale play in south Texas is producing more oil per drilling rig when compared to the outputs at six other prominent domestic shale plays. According to the EIA’s data, every drilling rig in the Eagle Ford will contribute 400 barrels per day (b/d) more this month that it would have in January 2007. In fact, the EIA predicts that total April 2014 oil production in the Eagle Ford is expected to be nearly 1.4 million b/d.
On Feb. 21, a number of major United States freight railroads and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) jointly announced that the rail industry would launch a new safety initiative that is aimed at instituting new voluntary operating practices for moving crude oil by rail.
In light of several crude-by-rail accidents this year, the American Petroleum Institute is renewing its dedication to rail safety by working hand-in-hand with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and America’s railroad industry to examine all current designs, regulations and procedures in an effort to improve safety in a collaborative and holistic way.