Archive for February, 2014

Oil train safety: Political wreck ahead?

Oil train safety: Political wreck ahead?

February 19, 2014 | Crosscut.com | Washington State Congress — Two different approaches to ensuring safety in the transportation of oil avoided any immediate collision Tuesday, but a head-on confrontation could still be ahead. The almost-certain prospect of a political clash became less clear when a Washington Senate Majority Coalition Caucus oil transportation safety bill […]

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Public hearings set for proposed N.D. oil pipeline

February 17, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has set three public hearings for a proposed pipeline that would move North Dakota oil to Minnesota and Wisconsin. The hearings for Enbridge Energy’s Sandpiper pipeline are slated for Wednesday in Grand Forks, Thursday in Devils Lake and Feb. 27 in Minot. [Read […]

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Oil Train Derailments Reaching Crisis Point

February 18, 2014 | Oil Price.com | On February 13 a Norfolk Southern Railway train bound for New Jersey derailed in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. About 3,500 to 4,500 gallons of crude oil spilled, although miraculously it somehow didn’t leak into nearby water supplies. The Federal Railroad Administration announced that it will investigate the crash. The episode […]

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Lane remains blocked after train derails in Newberry Co.

FOX Carolina 21  February 18, 2014 | Fox Carolina | The South Carolina Highway Patrol has reported a train derailment in Newberry County. Troopers said a train derailed near the intersection of U.S. 76 at Colony Church Road, which is between Newberry and Prosperity. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said three box cars overturned on […]

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Cancellations, delays on Metra’s BNSF after freight train derailment at Cicero

Cancellations, delays on Metra’s BNSF after freight train derailment at Cicero

February 18, 2014 | WLS TV | February 18, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Metra riders on the BNSF should expect delays after a freight train derailed near Cicero. Two trains have been canceled. Two trains will not operate: No. 1216 and No. 1244. Train No. 1238 will make more stops to make up for No. […]

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Irving Oil Announces Voluntary Conversion of Crude Oil Railcar Fleet

February 18, 2014 | PR Newswire |  – Irving Oil announced today that by April 30, 2014, it will complete the conversion of its proprietary fleet of crude oil railcars to the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) recommended specifications for DOT-111 railcars constructed after October 1, 2011.  This will require the voluntary removal of older-model […]

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Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

February 17, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | Experts say recent efforts to improve the safety of oil shipments belie an unsettling fact: With increasing volumes of crude now moving by rail, it’s become impossible to send oil-hauling trains to refineries without passing major population centers, where more lives and property are at risk. Adding to […]

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Safety issues raised as NY capital emerges as hub for volatile western crude oil

Safety issues raised as NY capital emerges as hub for volatile western crude oil

ALBANY, N.Y. – Opponents of a proposal to build boilers to liquefy heavy crude passing through Albany by rail are drawing attention to the capital’s emergence as a major hub for the transport of oil that’s widely considered risky from an environmental and safety standpoint. Over the past two years, the Port of Albany has […]

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As More Oil Rides the Rails, BNSF Prepares For the Worst

As More Oil Rides the Rails, BNSF Prepares For the Worst

February 16, 2014 | Flathead Beacon | WEST GLACIER – Less than a mile from Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow’s office is one of America’s fastest growing pipelines for Bakken crude oil: BNSF Railway. Oil trains have become a common sight in West Glacier and the Flathead Valley, due in large part to the […]

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Oil Boom Raises Safety Concerns for Whistleblower Railworker

Oil Boom Raises Safety Concerns for Whistleblower Railworker

February 15, 2014 | In These Times | Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has triggered an oil boom in North Dakota: The relatively new technology has made vast reserves of oil previously locked up in the state’s Bakken shale formations accessible to drillers. However, there aren’t enough pipelines in the region to transport this immense quantity […]

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