America’s largest energy trade association is suing the US government, contending its timeline for upgrading oil tank cars for freight trains isn’t realistic and, in some cases, too expensive.
In its suit filed on May 11 in the US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the American Petroleum Institute (API) asked the panel to block the new regulations, issued May 1 by both Canada and the United States, that would require reinforcing the tank cars and fitting them with advanced braking systems.
The companies that build the cars, or those that have already leased them, were given between five and ten years to retrofit cars, called DOT-111 tank cars, that carry crude oil and other flammable liquids.
The API said that timeline doesn’t give them enough time to make the upgrades. It also said the cost of installing new electronic braking systems on the cars exceeded their benefits.