Shipper switches to safer oil train cars

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — A fuel shipping company said it will voluntarily start requiring compliance with updated rail car standards for all crude oil trains arriving at its West and East Coast terminals, starting in Oregon and upstate New York.

Global Partners, based in Waltham, Mass., said Wednesday it will only accept trains consisting entirely of the new type of cars, which are more resistant to puncturing and leakage in a derailment like the one that killed 47 people in Canada last year.

The new policy will take effect June 1 at Global’s terminals in Albany and Clatskanie, Ore.

The so-called CPC-1232 standards for new tanker cars were developed by the American Railroads Tank Car Committee for cars ordered since October 2011. There are still tens of thousands of older DOT-111 cars on the tracks.