DOT Announces New Rail Car Standards

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a final rule for the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail. The final rule, developed in coordination with Canada, focuses on “safety improvements that are designed to prevent accidents, mitigate consequences in the event of an accident, and support emergency response.” “Safety has been our top priority at every step in the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, RFA, transportation

DOT Issues Energy Transportation Actions

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), together with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), has announced a package of targeted actions to address some of the issues identified in recent train accidents involving crude oil and ethanol shipped by rail. The volume of crude oil being shipped by rail has increased exponentially in …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, transportation

Forum to Address Ag’s Challenges in Transportation

John Davis

News of too few rail cars to move this year’s grain harvest from farming areas to consumers has grabbed the headlines most recently, but agriculture and rural America are facing several other transportation issues this year. Farm Foundation will look to address some key issues, including the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure, which is also important to the movement of biofuels …

Farm Foundation, Farming, transportation

RSI-CTC Calls for Rail Rulemaking Harmonization

Joanna Schroeder

The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in response to efforts to create new regulations for the shipment of crude oil and ethanol. While RSI-CTC is glad of the government’s work, they are warning of significant disruption to safety and major sectors of the North …

biofuels, Ethanol, safety, transportation

Ethanol Report with New RFA Chairman

Cindy Zimmerman

Randall Doyal, General Manager and CEO of Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel, is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Doyal’s plant located in Claremont, Minnesota opened in 1996 and now produces 50 million gallons annually. In this interview, he talks about some of the challenges and opportunities facing the ethanol industry in the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, Exports, RFA, RFS, transportation

Railways Not Required to Report Ethanol Delays

Cindy Zimmerman

A few weeks ago, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) directed Canadian Pacific Railway Company and BNSF Railway Company to report their plans to resolve the backlogs of grain car orders and to submit weekly status reports on grain car service. However, the order failed to address rail service problems for the delivery of ethanol, and Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, transportation

Forecast for Greater GHG Reduction from Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

A new report forecasts global ethanol consumption will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions this year by over 106 million tons. The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), in cooperation with (S&T)2 Consultants Inc., released their Global Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Forecast for 2014 as the International Transport Forum Summit begins today in Germany. The annual report shows the reduction …

Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International, transportation

Ethanol on the Rails

Cindy Zimmerman

In the last couple of weeks there have been two derailments of trains carrying crude oil, one in Virginia on April 30 and one in Colorado on May 9. These incidents are just the latest in a string of accidents that began last summer when a runaway oil train carrying Bakken crude derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 …

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NTSB Holds Rail Transportation Safety Forum

Cindy Zimmerman

Outgoing National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman says “regulators are behind the curve” when it comes to the transport of hazardous liquid, whether ethanol or crude oil. “Those shipments have increased by over 440 percent (since 2005) but our regulations have not changed,” Hersman said at the National Press Club prior to the start of a two day forum …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, transportation

Rail Problems Impacting Ethanol Supplies

Cindy Zimmerman

One impact of the long, cold winter across the nation has been weather-related rail disruptions that are taking a toll on ethanol supplies and production. The record winter weather patterns that have caused repeated snowstorms have resulted in stalled trains, frozen controls and increased demand for rail cars. All that has made it difficult to move ethanol to the Northeast. …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil, transportation