Archive for April, 2014

Trailing Canada, U.S. Starts a Push for Safer Oil Shipping

Trailing Canada, U.S. Starts a Push for Safer Oil Shipping

April 25, 2014 | The New York Times | A day after Canada issued stringent new rules for the transportation of oil by rail, federal regulators in the United States said on Thursday that they would push forward their own tank standards next week, potentially resolving a critical safety issue that has been mired in […]

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NTSB chief says Obama administration needs to act immediately on oil train safety

April 23, 2014 | U.S. News | WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday. The Transportation Department is in the midst of drafting regulations to […]

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Anthony Boulevard back open after train derailment

Anthony Boulevard back open after train derailment

April 24, 2014 | wane.com | FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Anthony Boulevard is back open after a train derailment south of Maumee Avenue closed the road. Fort Wayne police were on scene of the derailment before 7 a.m. on Thursday. City dispatchers said several cars went off the tracks. [Read the entire article here.]

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Explosive train derailments prompt U.S. to advocate for safety improvements of oil transport

April 23, 2014 | PBS Newshour | JUDY WOODRUFF: Most of the time, when we talk about the boom in oil production in the U.S., we focus on costs and the environment. But the boom has also led to a major rise in how much oil is being moved around the country by rail. In […]

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Residents express concerns over new rail line

Residents express concerns over new rail line

April 23, 2014 | WKBT News |LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – It was standing room only at a community meeting in La Crosse Tuesday. Residents gathered to talk about a proposed second rail line through the city. Most residents who spoke raised concerns over safety when it comes to adding a second rail line in […]

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Rail expansion prompts worries about dangerous cargo, unsafe rail cars

Rail expansion prompts worries about dangerous cargo, unsafe rail cars

April 23, 2014 | LaCrosse Tribune| The issue of safety dominated the conversation Tuesday night as concerned citizens met to discuss the surge in rail cars carrying crude oil and BNSF Railway Co.’s proposed expansion in La Crosse. More than 300 people packed into the Central High School commons for a public meeting organized by […]

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Railroads seek guidance on tank car requirements

Railroads seek guidance on tank car requirements

April 22, 2014 | San Antonio Express News | WASHINGTON — Rail industry representatives told federal investigators Tuesday that they need clear government guidance on how to boost the safety of tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol across the United States, lest they be penalized for making voluntary improvements that fall short of later […]

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Rail industry estimates DOT-111’s risk of leaking in derailments at 1 in 4.

Rail industry estimates DOT-111’s risk of leaking in derailments at 1 in 4.

April 22, 2014 | Star Tribune | WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of older tanker cars used to haul North Dakota crude oil and Midwestern ethanol run a one-in-four risk of leaking if they derail, railroad officials told the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Tuesday. [Read the entire article here.]

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Tank car fleet inadequate for crude oil, rail industry says

Tank car fleet inadequate for crude oil, rail industry says

April 22, 2014 | The Modesto Bee | WASHINGTON — None of the tank cars currently in service carrying Bakken crude oil is adequate for carrying that product, a rail industry representative testified Tuesday, but until new federal regulations are completed, the use of inadequate cars will continue. [Read the entire article here.]

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Oregon oil trains carried 11M barrels in 2013

April 18, 2014 | Darien News | PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The volume of oil hauled on railroads in Oregon increased last year to more than 11 million barrels — a dramatic increase from about 3 million barrels in 2012, reports to the state show. Not long ago, almost no oil moved on railroads in the […]

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