To see the speed of technological innovation, look no further than a street corner. Hailing a cab from the street is less common in cities with Uber, a service that lets you request a ride with the simple tap of a mobile phone app.
From 2012 to 2013, the transport of crude oil by major freight railroads spiked, increasing nearly 75 percent according to the American Association of Railroads. Even though crude oil accounted for just over 1 percent of overall 2013 traffic, there’s growing public concern about spills and other hazards.
Now that Governor Hickenlooper has officially authorized ride sharing service smartphone apps, car-sharing service Uber Technologies, which operates Uber Black and Uber X in Denver, is looking to expand across the Front Range.
By Alisa Barba & Jordon Wirfs-Brock & Inside Energy
The railroad industry is taking steps to avoid public disclosure of crude oil shipment routes, reports The Associated Press. The companies were ordered in May by the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin notifying rail yards and emergency responders when large shipments of Bakken crude were rolling through their communities.
Those disclosures are due to begin June 7. The companies have to reveal route details and the amount of oil carried in shipments of 35 or more tank cars.