Archive for January, 2014

Walz Calls for Hearing on Rail Safety

Walz Calls for Hearing on Rail Safety

Washington, DC [1/15/14] – Today, Representative Tim Walz (D-MN), a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) requesting a hearing be held to examine rail safety. Representative Walz’s staff met with concerned citizens in La Crescent […]

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DOT-111 Safety Major Issue in Crude-By-Rail Debate

DOT-111 Safety Major Issue in Crude-By-Rail Debate

January 14, 2014 | Rory Johnston | Oilprice.com | Experts from the Canadian rail industry, regulators, and representatives from all levels of government met in Ottawa on Monday to discuss the increasing number of tank car derailments and subsequent explosions that now seem to be almost a regular occurrence. At the top of the agenda […]

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Activists Protest Massive Expansion of Crude Oil Terminal in East Bay

Activists Protest Massive Expansion of Crude Oil Terminal in East Bay

January 13, 2014 | On a neighborhood ball field just a block from several huge, unused fuel tanks, about three hundred residents of the East Bay city of Pittsburg and neighboring communities, joined by environmentalists from around the Bay Area, gathered Saturday to protest the plan to develop a massive crude oil transportation terminal there. […]

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Some Rail Cars In New Brunswick Oil Train Derailment Were DOT-111s, Investigator Says

Some Rail Cars In New Brunswick Oil Train Derailment Were DOT-111s, Investigator Says

January 9, 2014 | Huffington Post | TORONTO/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Political pressure to quickly improve the safety of crude oil rail shipments intensified in Washington on Thursday, while Canadian officials said two of the cars involved in the latest fiery derailment were of an older variety long faulted by regulators. After two more dramatic oil-train […]

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Train shipments of crude oil projected to double in 2014

Train shipments of crude oil projected to double in 2014

January 8, 2014 | Bloomberg News | “Train shipments of crude pumped in Western Canada and the U.S. Midwest are projected to double to 2 million barrels a day in the next year, up from 1 million a day in the first nine months of 2013. U.S. government data show that as oil output has […]

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CN train carrying crude oil derailed, on fire near Plaster Rock

CN train carrying crude oil derailed, on fire near Plaster Rock

January 7, 2014 |CBC News |A CN freight train carrying dangerous goods has derailed and caught fire in northwest New Brunswick, not far from the U.S. border. Jim Feeny, director of public and government affairs for CN Rail, said 16 cars are believed to have derailed, including four carrying propane and four carrying crude oil. [Read the entire article here.]

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Wyoming could see more crude-by-rail shipments in the future

Wyoming could see more crude-by-rail shipments in the future

January 6, 2014 | Wyoming Public Media | Despite recent accidents with shipment of crude oil by rail, including a derailment and explosion in North Dakota on Monday, industry analysts say it will continue to be a popular mode of moving oil out of the Bakken. [Read the complete article here.]

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PHMSA Issues Alert About Bakken Oil’s Flammability

PHMSA Issues Alert About Bakken Oil’s Flammability

January 3, 2014 | OH&S | The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a new safety alert to notify the public, emergency responders, and shippers and carriers that several 2013 fiery derailments indicate the crude oil being transported from the Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil. The […]

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