Archive for June, 2014

Winnipeg derailment renews safety concerns about crude oil shipments

Winnipeg derailment renews safety concerns about crude oil shipments

. June 20, 2014 | Global News| WINNIPEG – An overnight train derailment at the Symington rail yard took all day Friday to clean up. There were no injuries or leaks after three cars carrying crude oil jumped the tracks and remained upright, but CN crews and heavy machinery were busy at the site near Fermor […]

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The new oil crisis: Exploding trains

The new oil crisis: Exploding trains

June 18, 2014 | Politico | Communities throughout the U.S. and Canada are waking up to the dark side of North America’s energy boom: Trains hauling crude oil are crashing, exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government’s oversight. In the 11 months since a runaway oil train derailed […]

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Train derailment causes traffic delays in western suburb

Train derailment causes traffic delays in western suburb

June 17, 2014 | WGNTV | A train derailment in Melrose Park this afternoon forces crews to shut down the high traffic Mannheim Road Bridge as a precaution – and as a result, created major traffic delays. The incident happened around 2 p.m. according to a spokesperson from Union Pacific Railroad. [Read the entire article […]

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Union Pacific Railroad Invests $11 Million to Strengthen Wisconsin’s Transportation Infrastructure

June 18, 2014 | UPRR | Union Pacific Railroad will strengthen Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure by investing $11 million in the rail line between Rusk and near Eau Claire and between Black River Falls and Wyeville, Wisconsin. The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific without taxpayer dollars, began June 5 and is scheduled to be completed […]

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It Could Happen Here: The Exploding Threat of Crude by Rail in California

June 18, 2014 | NRDC | Soda cans on wheels. That’s what some call the dangerous rail tank cars that have suddenly become ubiquitous across the American landscape. In the rush to transport land-locked unconventional new crude oil sources, old rail lines running through communities across America are now rattling with thousands of cars filled […]

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Oakland votes to keep coal and oil trains away

Oakland votes to keep coal and oil trains away

June 18, 2014 | Gristmill |The working-class city of Oakland, Calif., wants to stop trains carrying crude, coal, and petroleum coke from reaching local refineries and export terminals. The city council voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to “oppose” the “transportation of hazardous fossil fuel materials” along existing rail lines and through “densely populated” and waterfront areas — which includes much of […]

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U.S. oil-production boom means oil-train booms of the explosive kind are likely to proliferate

U.S. oil-production boom means oil-train booms of the explosive kind are likely to proliferate

June 18, 2014 | Daily Kos | One objection raised against the grassroots campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from being built is that the producers of Canadian tar sands petroleum will simply shift their plans and ship their product by rail. Even though shipping by rail is a more expensive and dangerous option, […]

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North Dakota hits 1 million barrels per day mark

North Dakota hits 1 million barrels per day mark

June 17, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | BISMARCK, N.D. — A milestone anticipated for several months has finally been reached, with North Dakota oil production inching over 1 million barrels per day. Preliminary oil production figures released Tuesday by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources put April production at 1,001,149 barrels per day — an […]

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Washington state residents rail against oil shipments

Washington state residents rail against oil shipments

June 18, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | SPOKANE, Wash. — Speakers told a state Senate committee Tuesday that they oppose the rapid increase in rail cars carrying crude oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota and Montana through the state. The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub […]

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Train derailment leads to evacuations in Buhl

Train derailment leads to evacuations in Buhl

June 16, 2014 | Tuscaloosa News | Authorities ordered a mandatory — but temporary — evacuation Monday for some Buhl residents who live near the site of a train derailment. Train cars carrying oil derailed near the 16000 block of Crosscut Drive and Sipsey Valley Road at 2:45 p.m., said Lt. Andy Norris, Tuscaloosa County […]

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