Scorched oil tankers remain on July 10, 2013 at the train derailment site in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Edward Bukhardt, CEO of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railways Inc.,(MMA) told reporters Wednesday that the train was left running while the engineer spent the night sleeping in a hotel in Nantes, adding that the engineer was following standard 'industry practice.' The train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed in the town of Lac-Megantic overnight Friday, causing a massive fire and explosions that killedat least 15 people, with another 45 still missing.National Journal

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Officials in the U.S. and Canada are huddling over how to improve the safety of shipping crude oil by rail, following recent derailments and explosions on both sides of the border.

Canada's CBC news service reports on a planned meeting in Ottawa on Monday that will bring together Canadian regulators, industry leaders,  and representatives from the U.S. Embassy.

In the U.S., the Transportation Department is under pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to complete a regulation that toughens standards for rail tank cars.

Booming oil production in North Dakota and elsewhere has led to a surge in use of railways to move U.S. crude oil.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., spoke with Platts Energy Week TV about the topic in an interview that aired Sunday.

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