Archive for February, 2014

NTSB: DOT-111 Tank Car Design Recommendations

NTSB: DOT-111 Tank Car Design Recommendations

After analysis of the Cherry Valley, IL accident, the NTSB recommended an number of changes to the DOT-111 tank car design. Here is their recommendations presented as a slide show:

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Moncton’s fire chief wants derailment training from CN

Moncton’s fire chief wants derailment training from CN

February 4, 2014 | CBC News | Moncton’s fire chief is keen to take advantage of an offer from CN Rail to train municipal firefighters to deal with train derailments. The company is making the offer as part of its outreach program following rail disasters in Lac-M├ęgantic, Que., in July and in Plaster Rock last […]

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Exploding Oil Trains Push States to Create Response Plans

February 3, 2014 | Bloomberg News | States from California to Maine are hiring rail inspectors and oil-spill experts as they draw up emergency plans after trains carrying crude derailed and burst into fireballs, including a crash in Quebec that killed 47. In California, Governor Jerry Brown is proposing a 15 percent funding boost for […]

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Taking on Big Oil One Small City at a Time.

Taking on Big Oil One Small City at a Time.

February 1, 2014 | Daily KOS | Pittsburg, CA is a small city across the Bay and up the Sacramento River from the San Francisco. (Truth to tell, despite living in the area, until recently I couldn’t have even located Pittsburg on a map.) But of a sudden, like its on-the-bay neighbor Richmond, CA, it […]

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AUDIO/VIDEO: 911 calls from Casselton reveal crew member first reported train carried ethanol

AUDIO/VIDEO: 911 calls from Casselton reveal crew member first reported train carried ethanol

  January 8, 2014| KFGO | 911 calls from Casselton train derailment expose that the rail crew wasn’t aware what they were hauling. The train crew thought they were carrying ethanol, when in fact it was Bakken crude oil.  

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Train derailment, crude oil, other chemical… “tank car busted wide-open”

Train derailment, crude oil, other chemical… “tank car busted wide-open”

January 31, 2014 | Sun Herald | BILOXI — A Canadian National Railway train carrying thick crude oil and other hazardous chemicals to Mobile derailed along U.S. 98 about 20 miles southeast of Hattiesburg on Friday morning. The accident closed the major highway and triggering an all-out response from area police and firefighters, the state […]

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50 evacuated after chemical train derailment in Mississippi

50 evacuated after chemical train derailment in Mississippi

January 31, 2014 | NBC News | About 50 people in southeast Mississippi were forced from their homes Friday after 18 cars of an 85-car train carrying chemicals derailed, officials said. The train traveling from Jackson, Miss., to Mobile, Ala., derailed at 9 a.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) Friday in New Augusta, Miss., according […]

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