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Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

July 22, 2015 | OPB.org | When a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into fire in Mosier, Oregon, in June, the initial damage was in plain view, as dark smoke billowed into the sky. Now OPB has learned about invisible damage: elevated concentrations of benzene and other volatile organic compounds in groundwater near the […]

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Rail Industry Requests Massive Loophole in Oil-by-Rail Safety To Extend Bomb Trains Well Beyond 2025

Rail Industry Requests Massive Loophole in Oil-by-Rail Safety To Extend Bomb Trains Well Beyond 2025

July 21, 2016 | Desmogblog.com | In the most recent oil-by-rail accident in Mosier, Oregon the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) concluded that the tank cars involved — the jacketed CPC-1232 type — “performed as expected.” So an oil train derailing at the relatively slow speed of 25 mph should be “expected” to have breached cars resulting in fiery explosions. […]

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Slow progress seen on faulty crude oil rail cars

July 13, 2016 | The Register-Guard | BILLINGS, Mont. — Slow progress has been made on efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite numerous fiery derailments that prompted new rules for the industry, U.S. safety officials said Tuesday. Just over 10,300 stronger tank […]

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Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

July 13, 2016 | McClatchy DC | WASHINGTON – Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule proposed Wednesday by the Department of Transportation. The proposal also includes a new testing method for […]

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Crude oil and ethanol should not be shipped by rail

July 6, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | Today marks the third anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster in Canada, which killed 47 people in a fiery explosion. This train passed through La Crosse days before the accident. Since this disaster, there have been additional oil and ethanol derailments that have resulted in spills […]

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NTSB takes over BNSF Texas derailment investigation

NTSB takes over BNSF Texas derailment investigation

July 8, 2016 | RT&S | The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has taken control of the investigation into the June 28, 2016 accident between two BNSF intermodal trains near Panhandle, Texas. The head-on collision sparked a fire and left one crew member injured, two dead and one remains missing. In a statement, BNSF said […]

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Are Oil Trains Just Too Heavy? No Regulations, No Weigh To Know

Are Oil Trains Just Too Heavy? No Regulations, No Weigh To Know

July 8, 2016 | DESMOG| The cause of the most recent bomb train derailment and fire in Mosier, OR has been determined to be lag bolts that had sheared off resulting in the derailment. This once again raises concerns that the unit trains of oil are putting too much stress on the tracks due to their excessive […]

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Minn. Trains 5,700 First Responders For Oil Train Derailments, Explosions

Minn. Trains 5,700 First Responders For Oil Train Derailments, Explosions

June 28, 2016 | WCCO | ST. PAUL, Minn. State emergency officials say they have trained 5,700 first responders since 2014 on what to do in case of an oil train derailment and explosion. That training is now required for emergency responders in Minnesota after a series of oil train explosions and fires around the […]

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Washington governor calls for oil train moratorium on Union Pacific

Washington governor calls for oil train moratorium on Union Pacific

June 25, 2016 | The Columbian |Gov. Jay Inslee called for a halt on Union Pacific Railroad oil trains traveling through Washington on Friday until stricter safety standards are enacted. Inslee’s call comes after an oil train headed to Tacoma derailed in the Columbia River Gorge, in the town of Mosier, Ore., earlier this month. […]

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Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

June 24, 2016 | Q13 Fox | SEATTLE (AP) —Protesters objecting to crude oil shipments on Northwest railways briefly interrupted President Barack Obama’s remarks in Seattle Friday night. Speaking at a fundraiser Friday evening for Gov. Jay Inslee, the president paused when hecklers shouted, urging him to use his authority to stop the oil trains. […]

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