Archive for June, 2014

North Dakota Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

June 27, 2014 | DESMOGBLOG.COM | For the first time, DeSmogBlog has published dozens of documents obtained from the North Dakota government revealing routes and chemical composition data for oil-by-rail trains in the state carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Bakken Shale. The information was initially submitted to the U.S. Department of […]

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EPA finds rail yards transfer pollutants as well as freight

EPA finds rail yards transfer pollutants as well as freight

June 29, 2014 | Chicago Tribune | From the sidewalk in front of her apartment in Cicero, Yolanda Foster can see long freight trains and an endless line of trucks rumbling day and night through the sprawling rail yard across the street. What she can’t see are the clouds of microscopic lung- and heart-damaging particles […]

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ND regulator wants state to monitor oil trains

ND regulator wants state to monitor oil trains

June 27, 2014 | The Fresno Bee | BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota should employ its own railroad safety inspectors to help the federal government monitor crude oil shipments coming from the state’s booming oil patch, a state regulator said Friday. Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said the idea is aimed at preventing fiery oil […]

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Canada town ravaged by oil train fire still in turmoil

Canada town ravaged by oil train fire still in turmoil

June 29, 2014 | Yahoo News | Lac-Megantic (Canada) (AFP) – One year after an oil-laden train derailed, exploded and killed 47 people in a town in Canada’s Quebec province, trains are rolling again but locals are hardly thrilled. The picturesque lakeside town of Lac-Megantic was transformed by the inferno — Canada’s worst rail catastrophe […]

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Crude oil on tracks in metro-east every week

June 27, 2014 | BND.com | Belleveille, IL – Documents released from railroads including Union Pacific, Alton and Southern, and BNSF in response to a state open records request reveal trains hauling tens of millions of gallons of crude oil from North Dakota through the metro-east every week. [Read the entire article here.]

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5 States Refuse to Reveal Details of Oil-Train Routes and Volumes; Montana Disagrees

5 States Refuse to Reveal Details of Oil-Train Routes and Volumes; Montana Disagrees

June 26, 2014 | ALLGOV | In the wake of recent deadly accidents involving trains carrying crude oil, U.S. regulators ordered railway companies to share information about shipments with state officials. But some states have balked at disclosing this data to the public. [Read the entire article here.]

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Few Iowa emergency responders ready for crude oil train derailment

Few Iowa emergency responders ready for crude oil train derailment

June 29, 2014 | The Gazette | As Iowa emergency responders wait to learn how much crude oil is coming through their counties, most say they don’t have enough supplies to fight a fire from even one tank car — much less a unit train carrying 35 cars of extra-flammable crude. Winneshiek County Emergency Manager […]

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APNewsBreak: Oil train dangers extend past Bakken

June 26, 2014 | WISCNEWS.com | Acting National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said all crude shipments are flammable and can damage the environment — not just the Bakken shipments involved in a series of fiery accidents. Hart cited recent derailments in Mississippi, Minnesota, New Brunswick and Pennsylvania of oil shipments from Canada. He […]

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Surface Transportation Board Issues New Order to BNSF & CP Railways

June 26, 2014 | soygrowers.com | The Surface Transportation Board (STB), the federal entity with regulatory oversight over the rail industry, issued a new directive this week requiring BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to provide detailed reports on their plans to eliminate backlogs of grain shipments, and to submit weekly reports until the problem […]

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Train Derailment Closes Roads in Harrisonburg, VA

Train Derailment Closes Roads in Harrisonburg, VA

June 26, 2014 | WHSV | HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — A train derailment on Thursday afternoon has temporarily closed multiple roads in Harrisonburg. The derailment happened a little after noon on the tracks near West Gay Street and North Liberty Street. No injuries were reported and this does not appear to involve any hazardous materials, […]

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