Archive for March, 2014

In Dakota Oil Patch, Trains Trump Pipelines

In Dakota Oil Patch, Trains Trump Pipelines

March 3, 2014 | Wallstreet Journal | Moving North Dakota’s oil riches out of state on trains was supposed to be a stopgap solution until pipelines could be built. But even as crude gushes from the state’s Bakken Shale at a rate of nearly 1 million barrels a day, some pipeline companies are abandoning proposed […]

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Cuomo cites Ulster train derailment in letter to feds urging expedited rail safety standards

March 4, 2014 | Record Online | ULSTER — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has cited the train derailment in the Town of Ulster last week in a letter to the U.S. Homeland Security and Transportation chiefs as a reason to expedite rail safety reforms. In the letter, Cuomo says he’s “deeply troubled” by the Ulster derailment […]

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Buffett says rail tank cars need upgrades for oil

Buffett says rail tank cars need upgrades for oil

March 3, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | MAHA, Neb. — Investor Warren Buffett says it’s clear that railroad tank cars carrying crude oil need to be updated because oil from certain regions has the potential to be more dangerous than previously thought. Buffett appeared on CNBC Monday after releasing his letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders […]

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Aliceville Alabama Train Wreck Site 4 month update

Aliceville Alabama Train Wreck Site 4 month update

March 3, 2014 | A train carrying Bakken Crude derailed just outside Aliceville Alabama on Nov. 8, 2013. This video and subsequent photos were taken and edited 03/02/14, 4 months after the wreck. Nothing here resembles ongoing oil removal as proclaimed by Lance LeFleur, ADEM Director, on Dec.09, 2013. [Read the entire article here.]   […]

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Friday’s Albany-area derailment follows rise in crude-oil shipments

Friday’s Albany-area derailment follows rise in crude-oil shipments

March 1, 2014 | Times Union | The derailment of 13 tank cars carrying crude oil at the Selkirk rail yard Friday night involved no rollovers, no spills and no injuries, according to shipper CSX and state regulators. That’s no reason for residents to rest easy, said one industry observer, as the incident comes amid heightened […]

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Walz, officials say oil boom necessitates safer rail procedures

Walz, officials say oil boom necessitates safer rail procedures

February 27, 2014 | MINNPOST| WASHINGTON — Since a 400,000-gallon oil spill just 20 miles west of the North Dakota-Minnesota border in December, lawmakers have waited for their opportunity to examine rail shipping safety standards and procedures. Members of a house panel, spurred on by U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), got their first chance on Monday, […]

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New U.S. rail rules will not revamp old oil tank fleet

New U.S. rail rules will not revamp old oil tank fleet

February 28, 2014 | Reuters – Yahoo News| NEW YORK/CALGARY – New U.S. rules to toughen classification standards for oil-train shipments will affect less than 3 percent of the tank cars now hauling crude across the country, leaving older, flawed models on the tracks, officials and industry sources say. [Read the entire article here.]

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Bakken oil rail slows, regulators deny terminal closures

Bakken oil rail slows, regulators deny terminal closures

February 28, 2014 | Reuters | Feb 28 (Reuters) – Oil shipments by rail from the booming Bakken shale in North Dakota have slowed over the past two days, data showed on Friday, but a U.S. regulator knocked down rumors that some terminals have been shut down due to new rules. Oil traders are on […]

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Clearing debris from train derailment expected to take until late February

Clearing debris from train derailment expected to take until late February

February 27, 2014 | Journal Times| CALEDONIA — Nineteen train cars that derailed last week with hundreds of tons of coal near 5 Mile Road will likely take until late February to clean up. Although the railroad was repaired and 5 Mile Road reopened quickly after the derailment, Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said removing […]

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