Two-person crews on trains carrying crude to be required in U.S.

|By:, SA News Editor

The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration, sparked by last year's oil train derailment that ignited a fireball and killed 47 people in Canada, says it intends to require at least two crew members for rail shipments of crude oil, a proposal opposed by the railroads.

The Transportation Department already has ordered energy companies using rail to ship oil to test the chemical composition of all crude before loading it on tank cars, and is studying whether rail cars carrying crude need to be made sturdier to lower the risk of an explosion.

Railroads potentially affected: CSX, UNP, NSC, GWR, BNSF (BRK.A, BRK.B).