Archive for January, 2014

World Fuel Services Sued Over Deadly Derailment

January 31, 2014 | WSJ | Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd.’s bankruptcy trustee is suing the owner of the crude oil its train was carrying when it derailed last summer, saying the company’s alleged negligence contributed to the accident that killed 47 people and partially destroyed a small Quebec town. Chapter 11 trustee Robert […]

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California Getting Record Volume of Canadian Oil by Rail

January 31, 2014 | Bloomberg News |  California, the third-largest oil-refining state in the U.S., is bringing in a record volume of oil from Canada by rail as it faces shrinking supplies from Alaska and within the state. The most populous U.S. state received 709,014 barrels of crude from Canada by rail in December, a […]

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Nebraskans Resist Keystone Spurning TransCanada’s Checks

January 30, 2014 |Bloomberg News| An icy wind rattles a metal warehouse in York, Nebraska, as farmers and ranchers inside vow not to sign easements with a Canadian company to bury the Keystone XL oil pipeline on their land. “I think TransCanada has been surprised we country bumpkins gathered,” said Bonny Kilmurry, one of about […]

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AAR Report: Moving Crude Oil by Rail

AAR Report: Moving Crude Oil by Rail

Technological advances, along with relatively high crude oil prices, have led to sharply higher U.S. crude oil production. Historically, most crude oil has moved from production areas to refineries by pipeline. However,  much of the recent increases in crude oil output has moved by rail. In 2008, U.S. Class I railroads originated just 9,500 carloads […]

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Phosphoric acid leak in North Escambia County after train derailment

Phosphoric acid leak in North Escambia County after train derailment

January 30, 2014 | pnj.com | A train derailment has caused a phosphoric acid leak in North Escambia County, according to state officials. At about 6:55 p.m. Tuesday night, 23 cars of a CSX freight train traveling from Waycross, Ga., to Mobile came off the railroad tracks near Cantonment, said Brandy Smith, an external affairs […]

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NY Governor Cuomo Directs Federal Agencies to Take Action

January 30, 2014 | dot-111.info | Although the regulation of rail transportation issues is federally controlled, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo  is directing various federal agencies to act on the behalf of New York state. He is asking for these agencies to upgrade DOT-111 tank cars and pre-deploy appropriate spill response equipment and resources to […]

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CHART: Crude Oil Rail Shipments Up 8,358% Since 2006

CHART: Crude Oil Rail Shipments Up 8,358% Since 2006

January 30, 2014 | TPM | Shipments of crude oil by rail have exploded by more than 8,300 percent since 2006, effectively creating a new industry where one previously didn’t exist while regulators scramble to figure out what they should do about it. What’s happening? As the chart indicates, the United States is producing increasing […]

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Groups seek closer review of Whatcom County rail shipments of crude oil

Groups seek closer review of Whatcom County rail shipments of crude oil

January 30, 2014 |  The News Tribune | As concerns grow about rail shipments of crude oil, Bellingham City Council and Whatcom County Council have passed resolutions calling for better federal regulations, and environmental groups have made a perhaps belated request for more scrutiny at the county level. BP Cherry Point Refinery got its first […]

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Philadelphia Refinery Said to Begin Turnaround After Outage

Philadelphia Refinery Said to Begin Turnaround After Outage

January 29, 2013 | Bloomberg News | Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ Philadelphia refinery will begin a turnaround today that was scheduled for February, after an unplanned outage shut units, according to a person familiar with operations at the site. The Philadelphia refinery plans to increase crude-by-rail capacity by bringing in more than three trains of oil […]

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Aliceville by Air

A few days after the Aliceville derailment in Alabama, photojournalist John Wathen flew over the wreckage of what was being reported as a 12 tank car derailment. The reality was 25 tank cars derailed with the majority of them burned and ruptured. Imagine this happening  along the Mississippi River. It would be ridiculously hard to […]

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