Apr 1, 2014

Is Bakken Crude Safe To Transport?





By Kathleen Caulderwood - After a series of devastating train derailments that caused extensive damage, evacuations and even death, the federal Department of Transportation warned the industry that they needed to start testing crude extracted from the Bakken Shale, which is likely more volatile than ordinary oil, and the reason accidents have gotten so dangerous.

The DOT is still waiting. And they’re not impressed.

“The overall and ongoing lack of cooperation is disappointing, slows progress and certainly raises concerns,” the agency told Reuters on Friday. 

“Despite the energy industry making assurances to DOT more than two months ago, we still lack data we requested and that energy stakeholders agreed to produce,” it said.

The worst incident so far happened in Lac Megantic, Quebec when a runaway train caught fire and killed 47 people in July. Similar accidents have happened in Alberta, Alaska and New Brunswick haven’t been as deadly, but have certainly raised concerns.

On Dec. 30 several oil tankers ruptured and caught fire outside Casselton, North Dakota and caused massive evacuations. Three days later the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an alert that “derailments and resulting fires indicate that the type of crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil.”

“It is imperative that offerors properly classify and describe hazardous materials being offered for transportation,” the notice reads. 

© Reuters. Firefighters look at a train car on fire Saturday at Lac-Megantic, a town of about 6,000 people in the province of Quebec.

The Bakken region is one of the top oil-producing regions in North America, and covers a large swath of North Dakota and Montana.

Some of the country’s largest oil companies have high stakes in the region, which is still relatively new to development.

ConocoPhillops, the largest independent exploration and production company in the U.S., saw oil production rise 24 percent last year, as Bakken field production rose 60 percent and hit 30,000 barrels per day, according to a MarketWatch report. 

As Bakken production increases so has business for the crude-by-rail industry. But many of the cars are made according to older safety standards, and have yet to be retrofitted to new specifications.

“One of the biggest problems is that many of the cars used to transport the oil… are not designed to carry flammable Bakken crude oil,” said Jim Fugile, former Democratic party activist and state tourism director, to Minnesota news site MinnPost. 

Fugile has been a vocal opponent of the Bakken boom, arguing that development is moving too fast at the price of safety and economic fairness.

Last week Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources Inc., one of the major players in North Dakota drilling, assured reporters that the crude doesn’t have any problems.

“Bakken oil is safe,” he said to reporters, according to a Reuters report.

“Anytime you don’t keep trains on the track bad things happen,” he added.
Source-investing

Travel boom in Varanasi & Lucknow: Flight, rail and bus services surge on account of elections



NEW DELHI: High-profile contests in Uttar Pradesh, especially in Varanasi and Lucknow, have come as a boon to travel agents. While flight bookings in the Delhi-Lucknow-Varanasi sector in the past two weeks are up 12%, a large increase in rail and bus traffic to these places has been noticed from states like NCR as well as Gujarat, say online tour operators.

Gujarat chief minister and BJP's prime ministerial hopeful, Narendra Modi, is contesting from Varanasi.
Source-economic times

EXTRA COACHES IN 4 PAIR OF TRAINS



To clear waiting list, 4 pairs of trains i.e. 11095/96 Ahmedabad – Pune Ahimsha Express, 11091/92 Bhuj – Pune Express, 11087/88 Veraval – Pune Express, 11089/90 Jodhpur – Pune Express have been augmented by o­ne coach each o­n permanent basis.

One III AC coach is added extra in 11095/96 Ahmedabad – Pune Ahimsha Express w.e.f 03rd April, 2014 Ex Ahmedabad. After augmentation, now Ahmedabad – Pune Ahimsha Express will run with 19 coaches.

One III AC coach is added extra in 11091/92 Bhuj – Pune Express w.e.f 02nd April, 2014 Ex Bhuj. After augmentation, now Bhuj – Pune Express will run with 19 coaches.

One III AC coach is added extra in 11087/88 Veraval – Pune Express w.e.f. 29thMarch, 2014 Ex Veraval. After augmentation, now Veraval – Pune Express will run with 19 coaches.

Similarly, o­ne III AC coaches is added extra in 11089/90 Jodhpur – Pune Express w.e.f 01st April, 2014 Ex Jodhpur. After augmentation, now Jodhpur – Pune Express will run with 19 coaches.

These trains run via Vasai Road.
Source..Western Railway

Special Train from Lokmanya Tilak Temrinus to Gorakhpur on 1.4.2014 - Bookings for 05032 open from 31.3.2014



Railways will run o­ne special train from Lokmanya Tilak terminus to Gorakhpur to clear the extra rush of passengers as per details given under:

Train No. 05032 special train will leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 00.45 hrs o­n Monday 1.4.2014 (midnight of Mon/Tue) and arrive Gorakhpur at 08.15 hrs next day.

HALTS – Kalyan, Igatpuri, Nasik Road, Manmad, Jalgaon, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Habibganj, Bhopal, Bina, Lalitpur, Jhansi, Orai, Pokhrayan, Kanpur Central, Lucknow (NR), Barabanki, Jarwal Road, Gonda, Babhnan, Basti and Khalilabad 

COMPOSITION – o­ne AC-3 tier, 6 sleeper class, 8 General second class and 2 General second class cum Guard’s Brake vans.

RESERVATION: Bookings for 05032 open from 31.3.2014.
Source..Central Railway

 

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