Archive for May, 2014

“DOT-111s were designed to drive about 18 miles per hour”

“DOT-111s were designed to drive about 18 miles per hour”

May 18, 2014 | KCRG | Albert Ratner, a University of Iowa associate professor of mechanical engineering who studies fires during train derailments, said DOT-111s were designed to drive about 18 miles per hour. With less than half an inch of steel around the center, weak end caps and easily damaged valves, the DOT-111 doesn’t […]

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Growing pains as BNSF Railway beefs up service

Growing pains as BNSF Railway beefs up service

May 19, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | ROSS, N.D. — The small incorporated hamlet of Ross is squeezed by one of North Dakota’s busiest highways on one side and railroad line on the other. In between U.S. High-way 2 and the BNSF Railway is just enough room for a few houses, a heavy slot of […]

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Maine Municipal Association Disappointed in U.S. ‘Advisory’ on Transporting Crude Oil, Ethanol

May 9, 2014 | AUGUSTA – Maine Municipal Association is supporting counterparts in Illinois in criticizing the U.S. Department of Transportation’s reluctance to ban unsafe, inadequately reinforced DOT-111 railroad cars that carry crude oil and other highly explosive fuels. MMA’s statement on Friday stems from the U.S. government’s failure to take steps that Canadian regulators […]

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TRAC Mayors ask President Obama to Take Leadership on Safety of Transporting Crude Oil and Ethanol by Rail

May 8, 2014 | CHICAGO – In response to what has almost amounted to a monthly derailment of crude oil and ethanol trains in North America in the recent past, the co-chairs of the TRAC Coalition sent a letter today to President Barack Obama asking that he take a leadership role in rail safety as […]

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Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx: Lynchburg Had Upgraded Tank Car

May 14, 2014 | MSNBC | During an interview on MSNBC, DOT Secretary Foxx stated that the Lynchburg disaster involved DOT-111 CPC-1232 tank cars. He also stated that the solution to the problem is a whole new tank car needs to be developed.

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Must See Video Explaining DOT-111’s History and Problem

  May 14, 2014 | MSNBC | Disastrous record shows tank car hazard. Rachel Maddow illustrates the safety shortcomings of the rail tank cars that are used to in large number to ship highly flammable material including Bakken crude oil, pointing to accidents, explosions, and toothless warnings going back over decades.  

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Negligence Charges Brought in Quebec Derailment and Fire

May 12, 2014 | NY Times | OTTAWA — The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway and three of its employees have been charged with criminal negligence in connection with a derailment that killed 47 people and incinerated much of downtown Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, last July, officials said on Monday. In a brief statement, the office of […]

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New York DOT to fine CP for oil car derailment

May 13, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York state Department of Transportation says it will fine Canadian Pacific for waiting five hours to report the derailment of four tank cars carrying crude oil. State transportation officials say that a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed around 4:30 a.m. […]

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BNSF Train Derailment Hits Bridge Near Tulsa

BNSF Train Derailment Hits Bridge Near Tulsa

May 13, 2014 | KTUL | he southbound Highway 75 ramp to West 21st Street will be closed Tuesday morning for inspection. A train car collided with the bridge ramp around 2 a.m. but there is not believed to be any damage or injuries. The train company involved in the crash is BNSF. Oklahoma Department […]

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Train Derailment Leads To Oil Spill In Colorado

May 10, 2014 | KOLO TV | LASALLE, Colo. (AP) – The Union Pacific Railroad says 6,500 gallons of oil spilled when a train derailed in northern Colorado on Friday. A railroad spokeswoman said cleanup operations were still underway Saturday. State officials say the spill was contained to a ditch and didn’t reach the nearby […]

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