Archive for April, 2014

Surging fuel traffic puts state at risk for oil spills

Surging fuel traffic puts state at risk for oil spills

April 20, 2014 | Yakima Herald | As new technology made it easier to tap North Dakota’s buried light-shale oil, energy companies eager to reach markets began loading it on trains. About 17 million gallons of this petroleum already works its way by rail to refineries in Anacortes, Ferndale in Whatcom County, and Clatskanie, Ore., near […]

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Crude-oil rail plan requires prudent steps to ensure safety

April 20, 2014 | Daily Republic | Oil processing giant Valero Refining Co. in Benicia is reaping the rewards of booming domestic oil production, with plans to move up to 100 train cars of flammable crude oil a day through Solano County. Trains will use the Capitol Corridor rail line that runs through Dixon on […]

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Elma preps for coming oil trains

Elma preps for coming oil trains

April 19, 2014 | The Daily World | ELMA — Sometimes, when the trains go through Elma, entire portions of the town are blocked for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. It used to be three times worse. Then, city officials in Elma got loud, took their complaints to the state Utilities and Transportation […]

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Oil transport draws crys for disaster training help

Oil transport draws crys for disaster training help

April 19, 2014 | MPR News|Trains have traveled through this part of Minnesota for just under 150 years, and as the small town of Staples grew around their tracks, railroads were virtually the only source of jobs for decades. Trains still make their way through town — between 70 and 100 every day, locals say […]

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Meeting set on rail expansion plan

Meeting set on rail expansion plan

April 19, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | The prospect of more rail cars carrying crude oil and other flammable liquids through the region has prompted a public meeting Tuesday to air concerns about BNSF Railway Co.’s plans to add a second, parallel line on La Crosse’s east side. The expansion would eliminate the rail […]

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Canadian Pacific committed to hauling fertilizer

April 18, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | BISMARCK, N.D. — Canadian Pacific Railway told a federal oversight board Friday that moving fertilizer for spring planting does not present a “significant challenge” for the railroad. ncreased crude oil and freight shipments have largely been blamed by farmers and others for causing the rail delays. BNSF, which is […]

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Minnesota Pipe Line seeks to expand capacity

April 17, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Pipe Line Co. announced plans Thursday to nearly double the capacity of a crude oil pipeline that carries oil from Canada and North Dakota to the two refineries in the Twin Cities that produce most of Minnesota’s and much of Wisconsin’s transportation fuels. [Read the […]

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Older crude oil tankers may end up on U.S. rails

Older crude oil tankers may end up on U.S. rails

April 17, 2014 | Star Tribune | BNSF Railway officials have told federal regulators they’re concerned that older, less-robust tank cars will end up on U.S. oil trains because of Canadian railroad pricing policies discouraging them. Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railroads recently imposed surcharges on shippers using older tank cars known as DOT-111s to […]

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Rail Transport of Crude Oil Increases as Pipeline Falls Short

Rail Transport of Crude Oil Increases as Pipeline Falls Short

April 12 | The New York Times | In December, a new terminal in the Port of Beaumont welcomed its first customer: a train carrying 43,000 barrels of crude oil from Colorado. Workers at the terminal, the Jefferson Transload Railport, transferred the crude to a barge, which traveled down the Neches River to a nearby […]

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Thaw stirs up oil spilled in Lac-Mégantic derailment

Thaw stirs up oil spilled in Lac-Mégantic derailment

April 16, 2014 | The Monteral Gazette | The spring thaw has stirred up crude oil in the Chaudière River that spilled in the Lac-Mégantic derailment last summer, prompting two towns along the river to use alternate sources of drinking water. Residents and teams from Quebec’s environment department have seen oil sheens on the surface […]

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