Fri Jun 27, 2014 02:20 PM CDT

TORONTO (Dow Jones) -- Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced new rules Friday aimed at bolstering safety measures for transporting dangerous goods, such as crude oil, over the country's railway networks.

The new measures including updating safety reporting requirements for rail companies operating in Canada, mandating tank cars that carry volatile crude be built with thicker steel walls, and improving data reporting requirements for railways.

Canadian and U.S. regulators have urged the rail industry to improve safety measures after several recent accidents involving trains carrying crude, including last year's derailment of a crude-carrying train in rural Quebec last July, which ...

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