Archive for May, 2014

Danger of increased oil shipments by rail worries Wisconsin first responders

May 28, 2014 | WQOW | PORTAGE (WKOW) — The amount of crude oil being shipped by train through the United States is fifty times higher today than it was just six years ago. As a result, rail cars spilled 1.2 gallons of oil in 2013, which is more than the 800,000 gallons spilled during […]

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Document: Runaway Train – The Reckless Expansion of Crude-By-Rail in North America

Document: Runaway Train – The Reckless Expansion of Crude-By-Rail in North America

May 28, 2014 | Oil Change International | Today Oil Change International released the first major exposé of the burgeoning crude-by-rail industry in North America, detailing where crude trains are being loaded and unloaded, how many oil trains are crossing the North American continent, and what companies are involved. Runaway Train: The Reckless Expansion of Crude By Rail in North […]

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Report finds health issues after NJ train derailment chemical release

Report finds health issues after NJ train derailment chemical release

May 29, 2014 | Northjersey.com | TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey Health Department survey finds the majority of residents in a town where a train derailed and released a noxious gas reported new or worsening health problems within weeks. The state report was posted last week on the website of the National Transportation […]

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Sharp rise in West Coast oil trains, fears abound

Sharp rise in West Coast oil trains, fears abound

May 26, 2014 | Fuel Fix | VANCOUVER, Wash. — Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest’s largest crude oil train terminal — the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long. The increasing […]

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PHMSA to DOT-111 defender: Justify Bakken testing

PHMSA to DOT-111 defender: Justify Bakken testing

May 23, 2014 | Railway Age | The Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulator has quickly challenged the refinery lobby’s contention that Bakken crude falls comfortably within existing “Class 3 Flammable Liquid” and should continue to be transported in the DOT-111 general purpose tank car. [Read the entire article here.]

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22 Train Cars Come Off Track In Gainesville

22 Train Cars Come Off Track In Gainesville

May 21, 2014 | GAINESVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – A massive train derailment in Cooke County on Tuesday night left surprisingly few lasting effects, despite the fact that 22 rail cars came off of the track. Joe Faust with BNSF confirmed that it was one of his company’s trains which derailed along a main line on the […]

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BNSF says safety first

BNSF says safety first

May  22, 2104 | Bismark Tribune | BNSF Railway’s executive chairman said the railroad is taking measures to prevent another accident like the Casselton train derailment. Matt Rose spoke Wednesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck. The conference runs through today. In his talk, Rose advocated investment in new rail cars with thicker […]

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U.S. Oil Production Now at 8 million Barrels Per Day

U.S. Oil Production Now at 8 million Barrels Per Day

May 20, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | Currently, U.S. crude oil production is at 8 million barrels per day, 1 million more than the same time last year and 2.5 million BOPD more than 3 years ago. Rising production, now at the highest level since the late 1980s, are contributing to a growing debate on […]

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Refiners’ lobby says DOT-111 is “fine” for shipping Bakken crude

Refiners’ lobby says DOT-111 is “fine” for shipping Bakken crude

May 19, 2014 | Railway Age | Keeping trains on the tracks should be the priority in the reform of crude-by-rail, said the Washington-based policy advocate for the petroleum refiners that own much of the North American tank car fleet. [Read the entire article here.]

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Minnesota imposes safety fee on railroads

May 20, 2014 | Winona Daily News | ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In the wake of fiery derailments in Canada and North Dakota, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed into law a measure requiring railroad and oil pipeline companies operating in the state to help pay for training and programs to prepare for […]

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