Crude oil being shipped by rail in the U.S. may be slowed or even rerouted after a meeting today in Washington between regulators and officials from the rail and oil industries.
The industry agreed to spend the next 30 days examining whether crude-hauling trains should be rerouted or slowed when moving through risky locations and the safest place to put locomotives when assembling trains, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on a conference call with reporters.
A series of accidents since July, most recently a crash of a BNSF Railway Co. train carrying Bakken formation crude in North Dakota last month, sparked the meeting.
“The industry is responding. We look forward to working with the industry in a collaborative way going forward,” Foxx said. “We will continue assessing our role from a regulatory standpoint going forward, but today the industry stepped up.”