Archive for February, 2014

Feds issue emergency order on oil shipments

Feds issue emergency order on oil shipments

February 25, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | WASHINGTON — Federal regulators say they’ve issued an emergency order requiring tests of crude oil before shipment by rail in response to a string of train explosions and fires since last summer. The Federal Railroad Administration said Tuesday it also is prohibiting shipping oil using the least-protective packing […]

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Engine of 97-car CSX oil train derails in Ulster County

February 25, 2014 | Times Union | The engine of a northbound CSX oil train has derailed in Ulster County, a CSX spokesman said Tuesday. The tank cars were empty, and crews were rerailing the one set of wheels that had come off the tracks. There were no injuries, and no leakage, a police officer […]

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Coal train derails in eastern Montana

Coal train derails in eastern Montana

February 25, 2014 | KTVQ | TERRY – A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying coal derailed two miles east of Terry on Monday night. Prairie County Sheriff Jason Smith said that 29 coal cars derailed. He said he believed the train derailed Monday night around 9 p.m. [Read the entire article here.]

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Rail safety meeting focuses on preparedness, prevention

Rail safety meeting focuses on preparedness, prevention

February 25, 2014 | Winona Daily News | U.S. Rep. Tim Walz presided over a somber meeting Monday with city leaders, first responders and state agencies from both sides of the Mississippi River talking about growing concerns over rail safety. The meeting was held in advance of a Wednesday hearing in Washington D.C. before a […]

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MPCA overseeing cleanup of oil spill along railway in southeast Minnesota

MPCA overseeing cleanup of oil spill along railway in southeast Minnesota

February 19, 2014 | MPCA | The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) continues to oversee Canadian-Pacific Railway’s response, investigation, and cleanup of crude oil leaked from a tanker car along 70 miles of track in southeast Minnesota on Feb. 3, 2014. A citizen first noticed the spill that Monday, and the railway contacted the Minnesota […]

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Official Press Release: AAR – Rail Safety Initiative

February 23, 2014 | AAR | The press release by the AAR highlights the eight steps that the rail operators are expected to voluntarily put into place this year. Here’s a summary of all eight steps: Increase Track Inspections – By March 245, 2014, rail lines hauling 20 or more oil cars, one additional internal-rail […]

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Two hurt in CSX train derailment in Northern Kentucky

Two hurt in CSX train derailment in Northern Kentucky

February 23, 2014 | WCPO | COVINGTON, Ky. – Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries Saturday afternoon when the front engine car of a commercial train derailed from a straight stretch of track in Northern Kentucky. Police and fire crews responded to a stretch of railroad track in the 3400 block Lincoln Avenue after the CSX […]

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Train derailment near Washington, Park IL

  February 22, 2014 | fox2news.com | ST CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI)-A Union-Pacific train derailed early Saturday in Washington Park, IL,. It happened around 5:30am at Forest Boulevard and Kingshighway. The train was at the switcher. [Read the entire article here.]

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NTSB has known of DOT-111 Problems for well over 20 years

February 22, 2014 | DOT-111.info | DOT-111.info has uncovered a document written in 1991 from the National Transportation Safety Board written to the Federal Railroad Administration. In this letter the NTSB had already determined the inadequacies of the DOT-111 tank car from prior incidents. They state in the letter that the problem was evident for […]

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CP’s Hunter Harrison says older tank cars should be removed from rails ‘tomorrow’

CP’s Hunter Harrison says older tank cars should be removed from rails ‘tomorrow’

February 19, 2014 | Calgary Herald | CALGARY — Thousands of older-model tank cars currently hauling crude oil on North American railways must be retrofitted or retired immediately, Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison said on Tuesday. In his first major speech in Calgary since taking the helm at CP in 2012, the blunt-talking, sometimes […]

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