US officials revive oil train safety order after complaints

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Posted: May 28, 2015 6:57 PM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials are extending an order for railroads to notify states about shipments of hazardous crude oil shipments.

Emergency responders had raised worries over a new rule that did away with the requirement.

Trains hauling crude from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana have been involved in multiple fiery derailments in recent years, including a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

Thursday's action revives a 2014 order for railroads to give emergency officials oil train routing and volume information to better prepare for accidents.

The Transportation Department had moved this month to replace the mandate with a rule that would require states to request the information.

Agency spokeswoman Artealia Gilliard says federal regulators "heard loud and clear" the concerns raised by emergency responders.