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Canada, U.S. ‘Very Close’ on New Oil-Rail Car: Minister

(Reuters)

Canada and the United States are “very close” to announcing stronger new oil tanker railcar standards, intended to limit disastrous fires and pollution when oil trains derail, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Tuesday.

A spate of fiery accidents in the oil-by-rail industry has resulted in intense pressure on both governments. More oil is being shipped by rail due to burgeoning output in North America and a shortage of pipeline capacity.

“We’ve been working really diligently with the U.S. ... in terms of trying to get to the new tank safety standard, and I think we’re really close to announcing what that looks like,” Raitt told reporters after parliamentary testimony.

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