Washington state safety bill would set lower pressure standards for trains carrying oil

(Source: The Spokesman-Review, March 5, 2019) 

SPOKANE, Wash. — Trains carrying crude oil through Spokane and the rest of the state to Washington refineries would have to keep it under lower pressure under a bill supporters say will reduce the chance of catastrophic accidents. The bill requires the oil in the tanks be loaded, unloaded and stored with vapor pressure below 9 pounds per square inch. The standard was set because in a Canadian derailment, the only tank of crude oil that didn’t explode was at 9 psi.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019