Calif. Seems Set To Solve Split On Oil Rail Shipments

Law360, New York (February 4, 2015, 11:18 AM EST) -- Controversy over the shipment of crude oil by rail is on the rise. Now, the California Supreme Court is ready to weigh in on whether state law regulating such transportation is preempted by federal law.

Transportation of crude oil by rail has increased dramatically nationwide in the past several years. In 2013, railroads transported almost 40 million tons of crude oil across the U.S., as compared to approximately 20 million tons in 2012 and 7 million tons in 2011, according to the Association of American Railroads. Projections for crude by rail transport in the future continue to increase, due partially to...

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