API President and CEO Jack Gerard applauded the Congressional passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that will enhance the oil and natural gas industry’s ability to safely transport the fuels consumers want and need.
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“Investing in a modern safe infrastructure system to support our energy renaissance will benefit all Americans, enhance our energy security and allow the US to better compete in an increasingly global energy economy,” said Gerard.
“The bipartisan legislation makes key improvements to tank cars carrying crude oil by modifying the final Department of Transportation’s tank car rule released earlier this year. Safety is our industry’s number one priority and we are always looking for new ways to reach our goal of zero incidents.”
The legislation requires all cars moving flammable liquids to now include elements such as top fittings protection and thermal blankets that are intended to mitigate the consequences of a derailment.
API thanked the bipartisan leadership in both houses – Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Reps. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), and Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) – for moving this bill to the president’s desk.
Edited from source by Stephanie Roker
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