Tag: NTSB

NTSB publishes initial report on April ethanol train crash in Texas

NTSB publishes initial report on April ethanol train crash in Texas

June 27, 2019 |

In Washington, National Transportation Safety Board published its preliminary report Monday for the agency’s investigation of the April 24, 2019, derailment of a Union Pacific Railroad train near Fort Worth, Texas. Union Pacific train UEBLTG 20 was a 6,122 foot-long, high-hazard flammable, key train carrying denatured ethanol in 96 loaded rail tank cars. Twenty-five of […]

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NTSB warns against the dangers of transporting ethanol by pipeline

NTSB warns against the dangers of transporting ethanol by pipeline

February 6, 2019 |

In Washington, earlier this week the National Transportation Safety Board announced its 2019–2020 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements. The Most Wanted List (MWL) was developed from safety recommendations that we’ve issued but that haven’t been acted on acceptably. The NTSB’s investigations have shown that moving ethanol by rail and crude oil by pipeline […]

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NTSB says DOT-117 cars contributed to severity of 2017 ethanol train derailment

NTSB says DOT-117 cars contributed to severity of 2017 ethanol train derailment

October 31, 2018 |

In Washington, a broken rail, inadequate track maintenance and inspection, and inadequate federal oversight led to the March 10, 2017, derailment of a Union Pacific Railroad ethanol train near Graettinger, Iowa, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released Tuesday. The agency also said in its report the continued use of US Department of […]

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NTSB says ethanol rail tanker upgrades could take until 2029

NTSB says ethanol rail tanker upgrades could take until 2029

July 13, 2016 |

In Montana, the National Transportation Safety Board says it could take up to 15 years for the ageing national rail fleet to be upgraded to safety standards being demanded for transport of ethanol and fossil fuels. Without mandates for upgrades, the transition will take place much slower as market conditions dictate. Only about 20% of […]

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NTSB issues urgent call to action to make ethanol rail cars more fire resistant

NTSB issues urgent call to action to make ethanol rail cars more fire resistant

April 7, 2015 |

In Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board issued four urgent recommendations calling for more robust and fire-resistant rail cars to be produced to safely carry flammable liquids such as crude oil and ethanol. In its recommendations, the Board calls for an aggressive schedule of replacing or retrofitting the current rail car fleet with better thermal […]

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NTSB to hold public forum to look at safety surrounding ethanol transport by rail

NTSB to hold public forum to look at safety surrounding ethanol transport by rail

March 10, 2014 |

In Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board announced it will hold a public forum on April 22-23 that will examine the safety issues associated with the transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail. The forum, Rail Safety: Transportation of Crude Oil and Ethanol, will explore DOT-111 tank car design, construction and crashworthiness; rail operations and […]

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