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States must be warned of risky crude oil shipments, authorities say
States must be warned of risky crude oil shipments, authorities say

Calling a "startling" pattern of spills and fires an "imminent hazard," the U.S. Department of Transportation took another small step Wednesday toward addressing the growing risks of shipping oil by rail from the North Dakota region to both coasts. Trains carrying more than 35 tank-cars' worth of especially volatile Bakken shale crude oil must now notify a state's emergency management authority about shipments before passing through that state. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also asked railroad operators to make a reasonable effort to start using newer tank cars that are less susceptible to damage. The announcement comes days after as many as...

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