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Less oil on the rails, but fears persist as old tank cars remain

Less oil on the rails, but fears persist as old tank cars remain

September 30, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune | The deluge of oil trains rolling through La Crosse three years ago has slowed to a trickle as the bulk of North Dakota’s oil production now moves through pipelines, helping the rail industry comply with new federal safety regulations. That has assuaged some concerns, though rail safety […]

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Federal Railroad Administration Nominee Plans to Push Rail Industry to Self-Regulate

Federal Railroad Administration Nominee Plans to Push Rail Industry to Self-Regulate

September 27, 2017 | DeSmog Blog| Ronald Batory — President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) — will be pushing for the controversial self-regulatory approach to safety known as “performance-based regulations,” according to his July 26 statement for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Shifting toward this self-regulatory approach could […]

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32 train cars derail in Bedford County; at least 2 catch fire

32 train cars derail in Bedford County; at least 2 catch fire

August 2, 2017 | WPXI| Raw video from helicopter shows the damage as well as a pool of black liquid in the yard of one of the homes. [Keep updated here.]  

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Pennsylvania town evacuated after train carrying hazardous materials derails

August 2, 2017 | CBS NEWS | HYNDMAN, Pa. — All residents of a small Pennsylvania town were evacuated hours after a freight train carrying hazardous materials partly derailed, setting some cars ablaze. Officials tell CBS Pittsburgh that at least 32 cars on a CSX freight train derailed early Wednesday morning in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, about […]

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Train derailment dumps thousands of gallons of crude oil in Plainfield

Train derailment dumps thousands of gallons of crude oil in Plainfield

July 1, 2017 | Chicago Tribune | Clean-up efforts continued Saturday in Plainfield after a train carrying crude oil derailed early Friday evening. No one was injured in the derailment. Officials confirmed that oil leaked from two of the cars on the Canadian National freight train and a possible third car was leaking oil. It […]

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Cleanup underway after freight train carrying crude oil derails in Plainfield, IL

Cleanup underway after freight train carrying crude oil derails in Plainfield, IL

July 1, 2017 | WLS News | PLAINFIELD, Ill. (WLS) — A massive cleanup effort is underway in southwest suburban Plainfield after a train derailment sent cars carrying crude oil off the track on Friday. The derailment happened 6:54 p.m. Friday near Rte. 59 and Riverwalk Court. Police suggested several businesses nearby to close after […]

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No Injuries in Central Illinois Freight Train Derailment

May 17, 2017 | News Channel 20| ELKHART, Ill (WICS/WRSP) — Emergency crews are on the scene of a train derailment in Elkhart. Crews were called to the scene around 10:15 p.m. Monday, with five different fire departments responding. Of the 77 car freight train, 18 cars are either derailed or off the tracks. Union Pacific […]

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Trains collide near Greenwood causing derailment

Trains collide near Greenwood causing derailment

May 1, 2017 | WTVA |LEFLORE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) — Trains collided Sunday near Money sending 10 to 12 cars off the tracks and causing a fire. Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks says the collision was caused by a miscommunication when switching trains.  He adds that weather did not play a role in what happened. […]

Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

April 15, 2017 | Spokane Journal of Business | One proposed ballot initiative that would put restrictions on oil and coal shipments via railroad through Spokane for public safety reasons is in the signature-gathering process, while another that sought to ban such shipments outright by codifying people’s right to a healthy climate has been withdrawn. […]

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Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

April 5, 2017 | ABC News| When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold the tracks in place. The previous year, cracks in a track that went unrepaired caused a train hauling oil […]

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