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Proposed Revisions to Jones Act Would Change Interpretation of Vessel Equipment

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposed revising nearly 30 Jones Act rulings that date back to 1976 regarding its interpretation of what constitutes “vessel equipment.” The Jones Act generally prohibits the transportation of merchandise between United States coastwise points on non-coastwise-qualified vessels. One exception is the carriage between coastwise points of vessel equipment … Continue Reading

Off the Tracks: Quantifying Potential Monetary Exposure From Crude-by-Rail Incidents

This article is the second in a three-part series that began with “Off the Tracks: A Data-Driven Analysis of Crude-by-Rail Liability Factors, Exposure, and Potential Solutions,” which was published on December 19, 2015. In Part One of this series, we analyzed factors that influence liability for crude-by-rail (CBR) incidents. But knowing the liability factors leads … Continue Reading

Crude-by-Rail Update: The DOT’s Final Rule Is Out—How Can Producers and Midstream Transporters Comply with the New Classification Standards?

On May 1, the Department of Transportation—through its operating agencies the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration[1] and the Federal Railroad Administration—issued its final crude-by-rail rule. The rule mandates more stringent standards for newly constructed tank cars—along with the retrofitting of older ones—and imposes new operational controls for high-hazard flammable trains.[2] Despite the new rule, … Continue Reading

Keystone XL’s Opponents Won’t Derail Canadian Oil Trains to the Gulf Coast

The U.S. Gulf Coast—with its 1.4 million barrels per day of coker[*] refining capacity geared to maximize output of high-value lighter products from lower-cost, heavy, high-sulfur crude oil feedstocks—is an ideal market for Canadian tar sands oil.[1] Two core factors have opened the door to Canadian supplies—which hit 377 thousand barrels per day (“kbd”) in … Continue Reading

Crude-by-Rail Update: What to Expect From Recent Crude Oil Derailments

These are uncertain and stressful times for all involved in the transportation of crude oil by rail. Since February 14, two fiery derailments in West Virginia and Ontario have refocused an unwelcome spotlight on the necessity of transporting crude oil production by railroad in areas without adequate access to pipelines. The attention comes at a … Continue Reading
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