Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to rail companies CSX and Norfolk Southern, urging them to adopt increased safety standards for transports carrying crude-by-rail or CBR.
“Every week a large volume of CBR and, in particular, Bakken crude oil, is shipped across this state,” the governor said in his letter.
“While the recent actions taken by the railroad industry have certainly been of value, explosive derailments took place in Dubuque, Iowa on February 4, 2015; Mt. Carbon, West Virginia on February 16, 2015; Galena, Illinois on March 5, 2015; and Heimdal, North Dakota on May 6, 2015. All four of these derailments involved the new generation CPC-1232 tank cars, and all four occurred at speeds below the current voluntary speed limit of 40 miles per hour.”