Crude oil regulations

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Federal regulators are cracking down on crude oil testing.

It’s in a response to a number of train accidents last year, like the one in North Dakota. The regulations call for more stringent testing to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire. One economics professor told 22News any new regulation slows efforts to becoming more energy dependent.

“I think if you begin to throw up too many environmental barriers you’ve got to be careful about that. There’s always a trade-off between economic growth and environmentalism, you want both, but you want a balance,” said John Rogers.

The regulations come after some oil shipments were misclassified as less dangerous.

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