Federal Preemption May Be The Key For Calif. Railroads

Law360, New York (November 17, 2014, 10:25 AM EST) -- Railroad operators across the U.S. are seeing a bright future due to the resurgence in freight rail traffic. Intermodal (i.e., cargo container) shipping is booming. In 2013, intermodal volume on the major railroads totaled 12.8 million containers, the highest on record.[1] Demand for frac sand — industrial sand used in hydraulic fracturing — continues to rise dramatically due to the rapid expansion of domestic oil and gas production. Most of that sand is shipped by rail: Between 2010 and 2013, annual shipments of industrial sand doubled to approximately 375,000 carloads, with frac sand as the primary driver.[2] And the amount of...

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