Archive for February, 2014

House Transportation Subcommittee Hearing Video

House Transportation Subcommittee Hearing Video

February 28, 2014 | DOT-111 Reader | On February 26, 2014 the House Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a hearing focusing on safety issues related to the transportation of hazmat via rails. Compiled for your viewing pleasure, the testimony has been reduced into a 33-minute video highlighting the main issues that […]

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Most Bakken crude can move under FRA Emergency Order

Most Bakken crude can move under FRA Emergency Order

February 27, 2014 | Railway Age | The most onerous burdens under the Emergency Order issued by the Federal Railroad Administration Feb. 25 fall upon crude shippers and transloaders. The earlier regulatory vagueness concerning the classification of crude oil has now been sharpened by specific prescriptions for evaluating “flash point; boiling point; corrosivity to steel […]

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CSX releases cause of Philadelphia oil train derailment

CSX releases cause of Philadelphia oil train derailment

February 27, 2014 | ABC 6 Action News | PHILADELPHIA – CSX said it has determined the cause of the train derailment last month on the Schuylkill Arsenal Railroad Bridge in Philadelphia. According to the company, a maintenance crew had been replacing crossties on the bridge. [Read the entire article here.]

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Dream of U.S. Oil Independence Slams Against Shale Costs

Dream of U.S. Oil Independence Slams Against Shale Costs

February 26, 2014 | Bloomberg News | The path toward U.S. energy independence, made possible by a boom in shale oil, will be much harder than it seems. Just a few of the roadblocks: Independent producers will spend $1.50 drilling this year for every dollar they get back. Shale output drops faster than production from […]

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Ulster train accident serves as ‘stark reminder’ of dangers, US Sen. Charles Schumer says

Ulster train accident serves as ‘stark reminder’ of dangers, US Sen. Charles Schumer says

February 26, 2014 | Daily Freeman | KINGSTON >> This week’s train derailment in the town of Ulster stands as an example of how such accidents can happen anywhere, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said on Wednesday. Schumer, D-N.Y., a vocal proponent of minimizing the risk of catastrophes involving trains that carry crude oil, said during […]

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Rail cars used to ship oil called ‘unacceptable’

Rail cars used to ship oil called ‘unacceptable’

February 26, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | WASHINGTON — Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region are an “unacceptable public risk,” and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. The cars, known as DOT-111s, […]

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Explosive Oil Trains

Explosive Oil Trains

KMSP-TV February 25, 2014 | Fox 9 – Twin Cities | WAYZATA, Minn. (KMSP) – On Thursday, Minnesota lawmakers will start discussing ways to avoid a disaster that some worry is waiting to happen, and the Fox 9 Investigators looked into how an oil explosion could affect your community. A lot of people are worried […]

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Fed’s Emergency Order Only Affects 1,100 DOT-111 Rail Cars

February 26, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | WASHINGTON — Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region […]

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Past Time to Close Loophole That Exempts Oil by Rail Companies from Spill Response Planning

Past Time to Close Loophole That Exempts Oil by Rail Companies from Spill Response Planning

February 25, 2014 | desmogblog.com | In 2013, with the rapid expansion in the use of rail to transport crude oil, we learned that there was a huge increase in the the amount of oil spilled as a result of rail incidents. Just two weeks ago, a train derailed near Pittsburg and spilled 4,000 gallons. […]

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Ice causes train derailment in Fairgrove

Ice causes train derailment in Fairgrove

February 25, 2014 | MINBC | FAIRGROVE — A train has derailed in Tuscola County in the town of Fairgrove, blocking Vassar Road just south of Fairgrove Road right next to Star of the West Milling Company. The engine of the train, operated by Huron & Eastern Saginaw Valley Railroad, jumped the tracks when it […]

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