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Railroads Balk at Disclosing Oil Shipment Information

U.S. railroads will be forced to turn over details of their crude oil shipments beginning June 7th, but some are balking. Three of the nation’s railroads, including CSX, are asking states to sign an agreement not to disclose the information to the public, saying the information is security-sensitive.

Federal officials last month ordered railroads to make the disclosures following a string of fiery tank car accidents in North Dakota, Alabama, Virginia and Quebec, where 47 people died.

Officials in a handful of states have refused to sign, citing open records laws and the need for public awareness.

The information due June 7th includes route details, train frequency and emergency response information for trains hauling one million gallons or more of crude oil.