Archive for July, 2014

BNSF whittles down late cars

July 29, 2014 | The Jamestown Sun | FARGO — Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway reported 3,908 past-due agricultural rail cars as of July 17, down about 14 percent from the previous week’s 4,561. The past-due single-car orders were an average of 26.6 days late, compared with 30.2 days the previous week. BNSF, in a […]

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New York to push Congress on response to oil train fires

New York to push Congress on response to oil train fires

July 28, 2014 | The Modesto Bee | WASHINGTON — New York state fire officials are pressing Congress for $100 million in emergency funding to pay for a nationwide training program for firefighters to address the new scale of risk presented by trains carrying millions of gallons of flammable crude oil. The proposal, which will […]

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The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail: Bomb Trains

  July 29, 2014 | Vice News | It’s estimated that 9 million barrels of crude oil are moving over the rail lines of North America at any given moment. Oil trains charging through Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, and Canada’s Quebec, New Brunswick, and Alberta provinces have derailed and exploded, resulting in severe environmental damage […]

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The shared role of oilfield safety

The shared role of oilfield safety

July 28, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | The Bakken is big business, but it’s also a hazardous one. Safety measures become paramount to ensure the people who live and work in the impacted areas can do so without fear of losing land, limb or even lives. Safety issues are not taken lightly by most in […]

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Dairyland Power: Rail backlog could force plant closure

Dairyland Power: Rail backlog could force plant closure

July 28, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | An ongoing rail backlog that has stranded grain shipments across the Great Plains is now threatening to shut down a La Crosse-area power plant. Dairyland Power Cooperative says it could run out of coal at its Genoa generating plant by January if the BNSF railroad doesn’t rapidly […]

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Grain: BNSF’s and CP’s weekly STB reports should include two new metrics, Sen. Thune says

July 28, 2014 | Progressive Rail | U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) late last week sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) calling for the inclusion of two new metrics in the weekly grain order reports BNSF Railway Co. and Canadian Pacific are required to submit to the board. Following increased concerns from […]

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Northern Colorado officials eye the risk of oil train derailments

July 27, 2014 | The Denver Post | The derailment of five cars of an oil train May 9, which spilled 8,000 gallons of petroleum, was a wake-up call for northern Colorado, fire and safety officials say. Although Weld County — scene of the most intense oil and gas drilling in the state — has […]

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Minnesota crossed by 50 oil trains a week

Minnesota crossed by 50 oil trains a week

July 26, 2014 | Star Tribune | Fifty oil trains, each loaded with more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil, pass through Minnesota each week, and almost all of them go through the Twin Cities, according to the first detailed reports on the state’s crude-by-rail traffic obtained by the Star Tribune. The […]

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Train carrying ethanol derails in Spartanburg

Train carrying ethanol derails in Spartanburg

July 25, 2014 | WYFF | SPARTANBURG, S.C. —A train derailment sent fire and hazardous materials crews to work in Spartanburg Friday morning. The derailment happened near Brawley Street, between Highway 29 and 221. According to Gary Sease, a spokesman with CSX Railroad, the derailment occurred at 1:50 a.m. Sease said four cars derailed, three […]

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Farmers nervous over rail backlog

July 24, 2014 | Farm & Ranch | North Dakota farmers are concerned a backlog in rail shipments will affect the upcoming harvest. With harvest approaching, there are worries over grain storage and delivery. Elevators may not be able to move out last year’s crops in time for the coming year’s harvest due to rail […]

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