ND Governor: “It’s very clear that we need tank cars with improved safety features for the transportation of Bakken crude oil”

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today spoke with BNSF Railway Chairman and CEO Matt Rose to further discuss the need for improved rail safety.

“It’s very clear that we need tank cars with improved safety features for the transportation of Bakken crude oil,” Dalrymple said. “We support new, more stringent safety standards for tank cars, but we also need to address operational practices. The discussion about operating rules needs to include train speeds.”
Dalrymple told Rose that he expects the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to act quickly in developing enhanced safety standards for new railway tank cars and in developing a plan for the replacement of tank cars in the nation’s fleet.

Dalrymple and Rose also discussed operational practices of trains that carry shale oil. The governor called for a review of: train speeds in populated areas; operational protocols involving trains passing one another through populated areas and communication systems for improved emergency response between trains that pass one another.

This week, Dalrymple will be briefed by officials at Trinity Industries Inc., one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of oil tank cars. In 2012, Trinity Industries purchased the West Fargo heavy metal fabrication plant formerly owned by DMI Industries. Trinity employs 120 workers at the West Fargo plant where they build metal storage tanks. Dalrymple scheduled the meeting to get the manufacturer’s perspective regarding the latest safety features in rail tank car construction.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

  • Red

    Looks like the Governor is practicing to be a Socialist Democrat.

    That is trying to run a railroad on other peoples money.

    The amount of oil lost to accidents considering the miles hauled is most likely no more than one drop every 1000 miles a year.

    In my opinion it would not bother me if they hauled oil in a wheelbarrow! You could rest assured they would have the most careful wheelbarrow drivers ever.

    Railroads do not intentional spill oil or anything else because like all businesses it cost money called PROFIT!

    Leave it to a Government hack to design a rail car!!! To make it absolutely safe it would have a 1 foot thick sides and not be able to move except at 2 miles a day with TSA approved escorts guiding it down the track with EPA inspectors following with cotton swabs JUST IN CASE there is a spill.

    Believe it or not…………. things like this happen!!! they are called accidents.
    There is no such a thing as a zero risk society……. LEAVE the railroads alone!


    • Onslaught1066

      Actually it would be better if the just took off the wheels then made it just long enough to get from Canada to Texas.

      • Red

        Yes!!! I think that’s called a Pipeline…….LOL!

      • awfulorv

        Now that’s funny…And so true…

  • awfulorv

    I say there are, at least, as many citizens in the state who enjoy a good bonfire, as there are gays wishing to marry. How is it their wishes are being sloughed off so cavalierly?

  • cylde

    There is another derailment of an oil train today (MLK day) in Pennsylvania on a bridge that is being monitored by the coast guard because it might spill into the river. Sure it must be safer than pipe lines. Sarcasm off.