US DOT Emergency Order on Transport of Petroleum Crude Oil by Rail

March 6, 2014

The US Secretary of Transportation issued an Amended Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order on March 6, 2014.

The order requires "all persons who offer for transporation, or transport, in tank cars by rail in commerce to, from and within the United States, a bulk quantity of petroleum crude oil" to:

1. ensure that the material is properly tested;

2. treat Class 3 petroleum crude oil as a Packing Group (GP) I or PG II hazardous material only;

3. not reclassify crude oil with the intent to circumvent the requirements of the Amended Order.

The order goes on to state the crude oil must be tested within the 'reasonable, recent past', in order to determine the flash point and boiling point in order to assign a proper PG.

As well, all shipments by rail of UN 1267, petroleum crude oil, Class 3 PG III, must be transported according to the requirements of UN1267, petroleum crude oil, Class 3, PG I or PG II. Which is to say all Crude Oils that are PG III materials must be treated as if they are PG I or PG II. Further, the PG III materials may continue to be described as PG III for the purposes of hazard communication.

This order roughly mirrors the regulatory action taken in Canada, with respect to .

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