U.S., Canada Ready Oil Train Safety Measures

Canada's transport minister will be in Washington on Friday for a joint announcement with her U.S. counterpart aimed at harmonizing safety regulations on shipping crude oil by rail. It's a politically sensitive issue on both sides of the border. Lisa Raitt and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are expected to demand that railroad companies equip cars with electronically controlled pneumatic brakes, a proposal the industry has aggressively resisted.
They are also expected to address the timetable for each country to remove older rail cars from service, as well as set a requirement for thicker hulls on new cars.The safety of crude oil shipments by rail has become a battleground between regulators and industries with conflicting agendas.