Government & Politics

February 25, 2014 9:04 PM

Federal order demands more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail

The order, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana, came on the eve of a House hearing on rail safety. The Transportation Department’s pipeline safety agency is writing a set of new rules on tank cars, and lawmakers are expected to ask why those wider regulations are taking so long.

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