Archive for February, 2014

DOT, rail industry agree to new guidelines for crude oil trains

February 21, 2014 |  McClatchyDC | The Department of Transportation outlined several steps Friday aimed at improving the safety of crude oil in trains after a series of derailments have prompted concerns from state and local officials. Among other measures, trains carrying crude oil in older, less reinforced tank cars will slow to 40 mph […]

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Oil companies track ahead of regulators on crude rail safety

Oil companies track ahead of regulators on crude rail safety

February 20, 2014 | Houston Chronicle | WASHINGTON – Oil companies are rolling ahead of federal regulators to replace old tank cars following a series of fiery accidents involving crude-carrying trains. Canadian refiner Irving Oil and San Antonio-based Tesoro Corp. have pledged to replace older crude tankers in their fleets, after the aging DOT-111 models […]

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Editorial: BNSF’s Plans to Upgrade DOT-111’s not enough

Editorial: BNSF’s Plans to Upgrade DOT-111’s not enough

February 21, 2014 | DOT-111 Editor | At first blush it would seem that BNSF’s move to purchase 5,000 new tank cars is a step in the right direction. It is to a small degree, but it does not address the underlying problem: There are still 78,000 DOT-111’s roaming North America carrying flammable liquids. These […]

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BNSF taking bids to buy up to 5,000 safer oil railcars

BNSF taking bids to buy up to 5,000 safer oil railcars

February 20, 2014 | Reuters | BNSF Railway Co aims to buy its own fleet of up to 5,000 new crude oil tank cars with safety features that exceed the latest standards adopted by the industry more than two years ago, the company confirmed on Thursday. The unusual step is intended to further the industry’s […]

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Train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derails in Westford

Train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derails in Westford

February 20, 2014 | WCVB News | “We were not notified by Pan Am at all,” Westford Town Manager Jodi Ross said. “My fire chief stumbled upon the derailment.” Two of the train cars are carrying liquefied petroleum gas. [Read the entire article here.]

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Gillibrand: “Risk is high” with dangerous train cargo

Gillibrand: “Risk is high” with dangerous train cargo

February 19, 2014 | North Country Public Radio | Speaking in Plattsburgh Tuesday, the Democrat said the growing shipments of crude oil from North Dakota and other hazardous chemicals through North Country towns is dangerous. [Read the entire article here.]

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Federal agency releases North Dakota train inspection data

Federal agency releases North Dakota train inspection data

February 19, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | Federal railroad inspectors found more than 13,000 track defects on BNSF Railway Co. lines in North Dakota since 2006, and have written 721 violations against the company since 2006, a federal rail safety agency said in a letter released Wednesday. [Read the entire article here.]

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Freight train derailment in West Jordan

Freight train derailment in West Jordan

February 19, 2014 | 4 Utah | WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A freight train went off its tracks near 4000 West 9000 South early Wednesday morning. The derailment is causing 20 minute delays for UTA TRAX on the Red Line which shares that portion of the track. UTA has set up a […]

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Train derailment in New Milford

Train derailment in New Milford

February 19, 2014 | CT News | A New Milford police officer remains at the scene of a Housatonic Railroad engine derailment to monitor traffic in the narrow road adjacent to the tracks. The first of two engines derailed due to ice build up, officials said. The derailment, which did not appear to affect the […]

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Train Carrying New Cars Derails In Gardner

Train Carrying New Cars Derails In Gardner

February 19, 2014 | CBS Boston | GARDNER (CBS) – It was around 4:00 p.m Wednesday afternoon, Joanne Hursey looked out her window to check the weather. “I was waiting for it to stop snowing,” she said. But instead, she witnessed a train derailment as it happened. “I saw that train right there and it […]

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