Union Pacific, BNSF seek to limit crude-by-rail disclosures despite order

Union Pacific (UNP) and BNSF Railway (BRK.A, BRK.B) are seeking to prevent disclosure of details about oil shipments through Washington state, despite a U.S. government order to provide the information in the wake of several oil train accidents.

The two railroad companies last Friday sent the state confidentiality agreements aiming to restrict the information to emergency response groups for planning purposes only; the state's Emergency Response Commission instead presented alternative agreements the railroads say they are reviewing.

BNSF says it would comply with the federal order but believes the information is "security sensitive and confidential, intended for people who have ‘a need to know’ for such information, such as first responders and emergency planners."

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  • Realtor_k
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    The US military and other US agencies transport "sensitive" materials via rail, snail-mail and even Fedex every single day without general public knowledge.


    Why would anyone care if oil is being transported via rail. Eco-terrorist? Nut jobs? Machine-gun-owners? FOX-news-watchers?


    If Buffett makes a big deal out of this, people tend to get suspicious.


    So, Buffett -- let it go, and comply with the Federal Regulations. And make sure you indemnify BRK if anything goes wrong. Just make sure that it is in double-hulled, double-capped, normal-looking cargo containers.
    5 Jun 2014, 01:22 PM Reply Like
  • greg0412
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    Fox News? I think you've got the wrong network _k. Fox is for jobs the rest are Tree Huggers and handouts rather than jobs?
    7 Jun 2014, 09:52 AM Reply Like
  • apacheman15
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    I wouldn't be surprised in Buffett has nothing to do with BNSF not wanting to disclose said information. He is pretty hands off on these things.
    5 Jun 2014, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • thenoffya
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    "Why would anyone care if oil is being transported via rail. Eco-terrorist? Nut jobs? Machine-gun-owners? FOX-news-watchers?"


    I think this is literally the point of keeping it a secret to most: so terrorists and nut jobs at least have a harder time planning.
    5 Jun 2014, 04:19 PM Reply Like
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