Katherine Bourdon

Katherine Bourdon

Nossaman LLP

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State and Local Communities Respond to Crude-by-Rail Safety Issue

July 6 marked the one year anniversary of the crude oil derailment in Lac Megantic Quebec, which significantly heightened throughout North America the awareness about safety issues surrounding crude by rail. This heightened...more

7/23/2014 - Oil & Gas Oil Spills Proposed Regulation Railroads Railways Train Accidents

Speculation Mounts Over Impending Crude By Rail Rule

As speculation over the federal government’s forthcoming rule on rail shipments of crude oil grows, two items hit the press last week increasing speculation over the details of the reforms. ...more

7/22/2014 - Oil & Gas Railways

Railway Age Crude By Rail Conference Profiles Key Players, Key Issues in Crude By Rail Debate

On June 12 and 13, 2014, Railway Age’s Crude by Rail Conference and Expo brought together representatives from the oil and gas industry, railroads, rail car manufacturers, Federal government, emergency response organizations...more

6/24/2014 - NTSB Oil & Gas PHMSA Railways

Industry Takes Steps to Address Safety of Crude Oil Shipments

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued an Emergency Order (EO) requiring all rail carriers to notify State Emergency Response Commissions regarding the expected routing of their unit trains of Bakken crude...more

6/2/2014 - Bakken Shale DOT Oil & Gas Oil Spills Railways Reporting Requirements Surface Transportation

Industry Group Study Says Bakken Crude Poses No Different Risks Than Other Crude Shipped By Rail

As rail shipments of crude oil moving out of North Dakota’s Bakken formation have risen in recent years, so have derailments of trains carrying crude oil throughout the United States and Canada. One facet of the debate over...more

6/2/2014 - Bakken Shale Energy Energy Policy Oil & Gas Railways Shale Gas Train Accidents

Shippers and Railroads Express Differing Views Over Tank Car Requirements for Crude Oil by Rail at NTSB Forum

Crude oil moving on the railroads has been traditionally shipped in the tank car known as the DOT 111. However, as early as 1991, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) expressed concern over the risks associated...more

4/29/2014 - NTSB Oil & Gas PHMSA Railroads Shipping

EPA Asks STB to Resolve Preemption Question

The Administrator of Region IX of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a declaratory order to address whether locomotive idling rules issued by the South Coast...more

4/11/2014 - CEQA Clean Air Act Environmental Policies EPA Interstate Commerce Preemption

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