Archive for April, 2014

New oil rail terminal opens near Nebraska border

April 15, 2014 | Lincoln Star | Eighty-Eight Oil LLC opened its new oil transloading terminal on Tuesday in Fort Laramie, Wyo. The terminal consists of three loop tracks, each capable of accommodating 100-car unit trains. The initial loading capacity is 80,000 barrels per day with the potential to expand, Eighty-Eight Oil said. The rail […]

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Trains hauling oil to York County refinery prompt safety concerns

April 14, 2014 | WVEC| YORK COUNTY — Recently added train service that hauls raw crude oil to a storage facility in York County has some activists questioning the safety implications. In December, CSX began hauling raw crude oil from the Bakken oil shale in North Dakota to the Plains Terminals facility in York County. […]

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Franken to push for oil train safety measures

Franken to push for oil train safety measures

April 14, 2014 | MPR News| U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Monday that he will ask the federal Surface Transportation Board to address the growing hazards posed by crude oil shipments over railroad lines. “I think we have to tell the railroads that they have to provide more cars and do more shipping and take […]

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Area at risk from increased train traffic

April 13, 2014| La Crosse Tribune| Burlington Northern’s expansion in La Crosse is dangerous to the region, where traffic has jumped to 75 trains a day on its line. Oil transported from the Bakken Range in North Dakota is far more volatile and explosive than traditional crude. The National Transportation Safety Board reports that about […]

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Frac Sand Train derailment under investigation in Northampton County

April 13, 2014 | WFMZ-TV| UPPER MT. BETHEL TWP., Pa. – It was a frightening scene in Northampton County after multiple train cars run off the tracks, narrowly missing homes and a popular restaurant in Upper Mount Bethel Township. “Someone said ‘the train is tipping over the train is tipping over!’” said Robyn Alfonso, a […]

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Oil production up slightly, possible bumps ahead

Oil production up slightly, possible bumps ahead

April 11, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | North Dakota oil production saw an increase of approximately 16,000 barrels per day during the month of February fueled by improving weather conditions. Preliminary oil production figures released by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources put February production at 951,340 barrels per day. This was up from […]

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Train Hauling Chemicals Derails, Blocks Major Road for Hours

April 9, 2014 | NBC Philidelphia | A freight train hauling hazardous materials derailed this morning at a Philadelphia signal crossing causing a major road to be closed for hours.   [Read the entire article here.]

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Coroner identifies 40th victim of Lac-Mégantic disaster Admits that remaining 7 missing people will never be identified

April 9, 2014 | The Gazette | MONTREAL — Using microscopic bone fragments and DNA samples, forensic anthropologists have identified the 40th victim of the train derailment at Lac-Mégantic last July. Jimmy Sirois, 30, has been positively identified and removed from the list of missing persons. The Quebec coroner’s office had a monumental task after […]

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Lawmakers scrutinize oil train safety standards

Lawmakers scrutinize oil train safety standards

April 10, 2014 | The Spokesman-Review | WASHINGTON – The federal bureaucracy’s inability to remove substandard oilcars carrying volatile crude off railroad tracks continues to frustrate U.S. lawmakers. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tried to put the onus on the oil companies that ship crude from North Dakota, telling a Senate panel Wednesday they aren’t providing enough […]

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Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

April 9, 2014 | Yahoo News | WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews and requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident like one in July that […]

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