Railroad workers in Texas and throughout the United States have a right to be concerned about their safety. Last week, a website devoted to news about the Eagle Ford shale oil field in Texas posted a story about BNSF railroad workers' concerns for their safety. They say that their long shifts create unsafe working conditions.
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As oil prices decline, are producers cutting safety expenses? It may be too early to tell, but the death of three oil field workers last week in West Texas is troubling.
Texas and the rest of the country have benefited from a rapid increase in domestic energy production in the past few years.
North America's energy boom comes at a large rice however -- Politico reports that oil train accidents have skyrocketed in the in the last few years.
The surge in domestic oil production has generated intense debate about the environmental impact of fracking and gas pipelines.
A recent report has found a 40% increase in fatality traffic accidents in the Eagle Ford shale region in 2012 as compared to 2011. This report was done based on an analysis of data released from the Texas Department of Transportation. The numbers revealed 248 deaths in 2012 versus 177 the year before.