Archive for March, 2014

Oil disaster preparedness targeted by Minnesota committee

March 20, 2014 | Twin Cities.com | ST. PAUL — Plans to train first responders such as firefighters to battle oil disasters are gaining traction in the Minnesota Legislature. “It takes just one of these trains at the wrong place at the wrong time for a catastrophe,” Rep. Jim Newberger, R-Becker, told fellow members of […]

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Oil trains carrying volatile Bakken crude have local officials preparing for the worst

Oil trains carrying volatile Bakken crude have local officials preparing for the worst

March 21, 2014 | The Spokesman – Review | The likelihood of a fiery, Quebec-style oil train derailment in the Inland Northwest is considered remote but authorities already have begun planning for the worst as shipments of Bakken crude rolling through Spokane keep growing. “If we have a moderate to severe event, we’re going to be […]

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DEP worried about potential threats at train derailment site

DEP worried about potential threats at train derailment site

March 30, 2014 | Lowell Sun | WESTFORD — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has determined that Pan Am Railways must perform what the agency calls “Immediate Response Actions” to evaluate potential threats at the site of a February train derailment. Around 11 p.m. on Feb. 19, five Pan Am train cars — two […]

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U.S. rail traffic rebounded last week

March 21, 2014 | Progressive Railroading | U.S. railroads boosted traffic last week, one of the few times so far in 2014 they’ve registered carload and intermodal volume gains because of brutal winter weather. For the week ending March 15, the roads originated  289,375 carloads, up 3.1 percent, and 255,991 intermodal units, up 11.9 percent […]

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This Is Our Country: Living with the Wild West

This Is Our Country: Living with the Wild West

March 20, 2014 | Dakota Resource Council | This is a must-see video about what it is like to live in Western North Dakota.   This Is Our Country: Living with the Wild West Oil Boom from Dakota Resource Council on Vimeo.

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Cleanup at North Dakota oil train crash almost complete

March 20, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune |BISMARCK, N.D. — Cleanup of an oil train derailment on the outskirts of a small southeastern North Dakota town “is all but complete,” a state health official said Wednesday. “We’ve identified a couple of small spots that still smell of oil, but cleanup for the most part is done,” […]

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A Federal Loophole Allow Railroads to Avoid Response Planning Oversight

A Federal Loophole Allow Railroads to Avoid Response Planning Oversight

March 17, 2014 | opb.org | Neither states nor the federal government have oversight over how railroads plan for responding to spills from trains carrying crude oil, meaning environmental regulators cannot identify gaps in the plans or verify a railroad’s abilities to carry them out. Federal law requires only railroads shipping oil in containers larger […]

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After train car derailment, Edinburg to explore moving tracks

After train car derailment, Edinburg to explore moving tracks

March 16, 2014 | The Monitor | EDINBURG — The city manager said his office is exploring ways to move a railroad track after a train derailment last week came too close to residential neighborhoods. Edinburg City Manager Ramiro Garza Jr. said that while no paperwork has been filed, city officials have reignited talks to […]

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3 Minnesota bills seek to address oil transport safety concerns

3 Minnesota bills seek to address oil transport safety concerns

March 18, 2014 | Star Tribune | A Minneapolis legislator has introduced three bills to beef up Minnesota’s emergency response to crude oil transportation disasters. The measures, sponsored by Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, would create a hazard incident preparedness grant program funded partly by $5 million in new fees assessed on railroads and pipeline companies […]

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Volatile oil, aging tank cars raise stakes for rail safety

Volatile oil, aging tank cars raise stakes for rail safety

March 17, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | Every day, as many as 10 oil trains a day leave North Dakota and six to eight travel through Minnesota. They pass through places like Perham, a town of 3,000 about 65 miles southeast of the Fargo-Moorhead area, in the heart of lakes country. Around the clock, […]

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