Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

To keep up with these incidents and new safety regulations, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories every Friday.

Propane truck and train collide in Minnesota

Seven of 82 cars on an empty Canadian Pacific train derailed on Thursday in Callaway, Minn., when it collided with a truck carrying propane at a railroad crossing. The collision caused a fire, and two crew members were injured.

Rail company wants to ship Alberta tar sands on trains to Alaska

If the project is approved, trains could be shipping about a million barrels a day to Alaska from Alberta, Canada, by 2020. The oil would then be shipped to Asia on tankers.

Rig count in North Dakota stays constant

The number of oil rigs operating in North Dakota remained the same as last week, which indicates stability in the industry as crude oil prices start to recover.

Reach PublicSource reporter Natasha Khan at 412-315-0261 or Follow her on Twitter @khantasha.

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