NEW YORK (Reuters) – A recovering economy and cheaper prices at the pump have boosted U.S. gasoline demand in recent months, following five years of decline, a change that some experts say could continue into 2014.
The economic slowdown and expensive gasoline had forced motorists to drive less or buy smaller, more efficient cars since 2007, but consumption in the second half of this year has been back on the rise.
NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A recovering economy and cheaper
prices at the pump have boosted U.S. gasoline demand in recent
months, following five years of decline, a change that some
experts say could continue into 2014.
The economic slowdown and expensive gasoline had forced
motorists to drive less or buy smaller, more efficient cars
since 2007, but consumption in the second half of this year has
been back on the rise.
NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Disagreements over new safety
standards for U.S. rail cars could delay design changes as
trains haul more flammable liquids like crude oil across the
A series of accidents on trains transporting oil in North
America prompted the Association of American Railroads last week
to propose strict guidelines for new cars and the phasing out of
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Genesee & Wyoming, the owner of a train carrying oil that derailed in western Alabama earlier this month, said on Thursday that there had been no concern about the state of the tracks bought from another company this year.
Upgrades, including safety inspections, continue on many of the lines Genesee & Wyoming inherited in its acquisition of Rail America that were considered below company standards.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – U.S. railroads on
Thursday urged regulators to improve safety standards for tank
cars carrying flammable liquids, following a spate of accidents
in the booming crude-by-rail industry.
Most old tank cars must be phased out, and even new cars
will require modifications, the Association of American
Railroads said in a filing to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous
Materials Safety Administration, just days after a train
carrying oil derailed in Alabama.
, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Several oil tank cars
that burst into flames after a train derailed in rural Alabama
were expected to keep burning into Saturday, potentially
reigniting the push for tougher regulation of the boom in moving
oil by rail.
Twenty-five of the train’s 90 cars derailed near a
60-foot-long wooden trestle in the early hours of Friday
morning, and a number were still on fire 18 hours later,
operator Genesee & Wyoming Inc said. They were sending
flames hundreds of feet high that could be seen from over 10
miles (16 km) away.
(Reuters) – A 90-car train carrying North Dakota crude derailed and exploded in a rural area of western Alabama early on Friday, leaving 11 cars burning and potentially bolstering the push for tougher regulation of a boom in moving oil by rail.
Twenty of the train’s cars derailed and a number were still on fire on Friday afternoon, local officials said. Those cars, which threw flames 300 feet into the night sky, are being left to burn out, which could take up to 24 hours, according to the train owner, Genesee & Wyoming. No injuries were reported.
(Reuters) – A 90-car train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in western Alabama in the early hours of Friday morning, spilling oil and leaving eleven cars burning in the rural area.
No injuries have been reported, the train owner, Genesee & Wyoming, said in a statement on Friday.
NEW YORK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – For environmentalists, votes
this week to ban fracking in three Colorado cities may prove
symbolic victories at best, as two decades of legal precedent
suggests drillers can successfully contest the bans in court,
In elections on Tuesday, the cities of Boulder, Lafayette
and Fort Collins voted to suspend or ban fracking, which
environmentalists hoped would strengthen opposition to the
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wyatt Earp was first into the water, followed by Captain America, the Statue of Liberty, a nun and a gorilla. As the surf barreled in, Superman, Beetlejuice and dozens of others followed, struggling through the white water, out to the waves.
The recovery from Superstorm Sandy’s devastating passage a year ago is far from complete in New York City’s Rockaway Beach, but celebrations like the annual “Nightmare on 90th” surf contest quicken the healing.