Rail Inspector Shortage Raises Montana’s Risks, Audit Says

Law360, Washington (October 29, 2015, 7:58 PM EDT) -- A shortage of inspectors is one of several oversight gaps jeopardizing rail safety in Montana, a state with elevated railroad-related risks due to the volume of crude oil being drilled and transported, according to a recent state audit.

Noting the increase in recent years of the volume of crude oil transported in the region, the report released this month from Montana's Legislative Audit Division urged the state to hire additional rail inspectors, improve its emergency management training and increase hazardous materials training among first responders, among other findings.

Montana has seen an increase in the state's rail traffic in recent years,...

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