Archive for March, 2014

US government: Industry hampering oil train safety

US government: Industry hampering oil train safety

March 28, 2014 | Fuel Fix | BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains. […]

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Tracks clear after oil train kills pedestrian in St. Cloud

Tracks clear after oil train kills pedestrian in St. Cloud

March 27, 2014 | Star Tribune | A 100-car freight train fatally struck a pedestrian Thursday morning in St. Cloud, authorities said. The person was hit shortly after 7 a.m. on tracks near the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue SE., police said. A spokeswoman for BNSF confirmed that the pedestrian was killed. Authorities were withholding […]

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Safety and reliability issues plaguing railroads across the state

Safety and reliability issues plaguing railroads across the state

March 24, 2014 | Wisconsin State Journal | Business is booming for railroads handling Wisconsin’s shipping needs, but complaints are emerging that include serious safety and reliability issues because of rail congestion and labor issues as well as the frigid conditions of this past winter, a state official said. [Read the entire article here.]

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Amtrak tweaks Empire Builder schedule over freight traffic

Amtrak tweaks Empire Builder schedule over freight traffic

March 27, 2014 | MPR News | Amtrak is adjusting the schedule of its Empire Builder train to account for a large increase in freight traffic. The passenger train travels daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest. Westbound trips starting in St. Paul will leave 90 minutes earlier beginning on April 15, Amtrak spokesman Marc […]

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Casselton Fire Chief Praises FEMA Training in Washington, D.C.

Casselton Fire Chief Praises FEMA Training in Washington, D.C.

March 25, 2014 | KVRR TV | Casselton’s Fire Chief praises the federal government’s role in emergency preparedness after last December’s oil train derailment and explosion. [Read the entire article.]    

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Regulating railed oil

Regulating railed oil

March 25, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | A fatal rail car explosion near Quebec, Canada, last July and a December train explosion near Casselton, N.D., in December grabbed the attention of federal regulators, and Bakken crude transported by rail has been under heavy scrutiny ever since. Efforts to heighten rail safety have resulted in new […]

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CN train derailment in Proctor blocks traffic Friday night

March 22, 2014 | northlandnewscenter.com | Proctor, MN (NNCNOW.com) – A train derailment in downtown Proctor Friday night had crews working into early morning hours to clear a blocked roadway. According to authorities, the Canadian National train came off the tracks around 6 PM Friday. [Read the entire article here.]

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Charges expected in Lac-Megantic train derailment after investigation closes

Charges expected in Lac-Megantic train derailment after investigation closes

March 23, 2014 | canoe.ca | MONTREAL- Quebec provincial police have concluded their investigation into the deadly Lac-Megantic train derailment that killed 47 people in July. A police source has told QMI Agency that they are confident prosecutors will lay criminal negligence charges against at least three people, including the train’s engineer and the CEO […]

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Grain trains delayed by weather, construction, oil

Grain trains delayed by weather, construction, oil

March 19, 2014 | Billings Gazette | Montana farmers are struggling to get their wheat to Pacific ports, as weather, construction and traffic take a toll on grain trains. Wheat has been slow to move to the Pacific Northwest for several months and there is now talk of the 2013 crop still being shipped when […]

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Rail traffic up in county due to increased oil shipments from North Dakota

Rail traffic up in county due to increased oil shipments from North Dakota

March 18, 2014 | Caledonia Argus | Yes, there’s a marked increase in rail traffic through Houston County. Yes, this activity can be directly attributed to the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota. Yes, the oil contained within the cars from North Dakota is more volatile than other oil. All these points and more were […]

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