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Feds inspect Maine tracks used to transport oil

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Federal railroad inspectors are in Maine inspecting tracks that are used to transport crude oil, including those owned by the railway involved in a catastrophic accident in Quebec earlier this month.

The Federal Railroad Administration says inspections will continue through the end of summer, focused primarily on tracks owned by Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway and Pan Am Railways that are used to carry tank cars to an oil refinery in St. John, New Brunswick. Trains last year carried more than 220 million gallons of oil across Maine, primarily from an oil field in North Dakota.

An FRA official says the inspections in Maine are tied to, but not in direct response to, the catastrophic accident in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 6 involving a runaway Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train.