Archive for January, 2014

Staggering Increase in Oil Spills via Rail

Staggering Increase in Oil Spills via Rail

This interactive map really brings home how the number of rail related oil spills has grown over the past few years. [Map courtesy of McClatchy Washington Bureau]

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NTSB: Oil train crash risks ‘major loss of life’

NTSB: Oil train crash risks ‘major loss of life’

January 23, 2014 | AP | WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning that a “major loss of life” could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules. The unusual joint recommendations by the U.S. […]

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“Change must come and it must come now.”

“Change must come and it must come now.”

January 23, 2014 | The Montreal Gazette | OTTAWA – Nearly 20 years after the Transportation Safety Board first recommended “immediate action” on unsafe railway tank cars, the national safety investigator issued a new clarion call Thursday urging governments to act. If a series of chemical spills in the 1990s from the easily ruptured tankers […]

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Barrington village president continues fight against DOT-111 tank cars

Barrington village president continues fight against DOT-111 tank cars

January 22, 2014 | Barrington Courier Review | Despite a nearly two-year opposition led by leaders of small municipalities, including Barrington Village President Karen Darch, federal regulators struck a deal last week to reroute crude oil tankers away from major cities and through small communities like Barrington. The Jan. 16 federal agreement related to DOT-111 […]

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Koch Ends Plans for Pipeline to Illinois From Bakken

January 21, 2014 | Bloomberg News | Koch Pipeline Co. called off plans to build a 250,000-barrel-a-day crude line to Illinois from North Dakota’s Bakken formation, where a shale boom has helped lift domestic production to the highest in a quarter-century. The indirect subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., one of the largest private companies in […]

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Dalrymple says new standards for railcars needed sooner than 2015

January 21, 2014 | Inforum | NEW YORK – Provisional safety standards for railcars carrying crude oil are needed as soon as possible, not next year as the U.S. Department of Transportation expects, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said in an interview on Tuesday. While Dalrymple has little power over federal regulators, his bully pulpit […]

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Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

January 21, 2014 | PHMSA |In response to recent accidents involving crude oil shipments by rail in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a “Call to Action,” calling on rail company executives, associations, shippers, and others to discuss how stakeholders can prevent or mitigate the consequences of rail accidents that involve […]

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More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

January 19, 2014 | MSN.com |WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows. Including major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, more than 1.15 million gallons […]

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Beach airs issues with new oil transload

Beach airs issues with new oil transload

January 21, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | BEACH — Beach residents were up bright and early Tuesday to hear a development company’s plans for an oil loading railport just west of town. The plan is to start with an inbound-outbound freight facility and expand to an oil loadout for 110-car unit trains within three to […]

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Video: Train Derails on Bridge Over Schuylkill River

Video: Train Derails on Bridge Over Schuylkill River

January 20, 2014 | Philadelphia, PA | NBC News | CNX train derails over the Schuylkill River. DOT-111 tanker car carrying crude oil is precariously leaning against the side of the bridge. [Video of Derailed DOT-111 tanker car.]

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