Archive for July, 2014

Buffett’s BNSF Losing Freight to Rival as Service Slows

July 25, 2014 | Bloomberg | BNSF Railway Co., the only U.S. railroad ordered by the regulator to provide weekly service updates, is losing market share to Union Pacific Corp. (UNP), its main competitor, as train speeds slow and on-time deliveries drop. The shift in market share had shown up in carload statistics, Union Pacific […]

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The fine print: U.S. government fudges phase-out of old oil tank cars

The fine print: U.S. government fudges phase-out of old oil tank cars

July 23, 2014 | Seattle pi | Federal regulators in Washington, D.C., laid out new proposed safety rules for oil-carrying trains, claiming on Wednesday that old, 1960s-vintage tank cars will be phased out and replaced within two years by stronger, more explosion-resistant cars. The promise may be hollow and deceiving.  The fine print in the […]

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Derailment intensifies concerns over oil transport through state

Derailment intensifies concerns over oil transport through state

July 25, 2014 | The Seattle Times | A train carrying nearly 100 cars of crude oil went off the track under the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle early Thursday. Nobody was hurt, no oil leaked and there was no threat to the public when five of the train’s 102 cars went off the track about […]

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Hazmat crews on scene of Spartanburg train derailment

Hazmat crews on scene of Spartanburg train derailment

July 25, 2014 | Fox Carolina | SPARTANBURG, SC  – Emergency crews are expecting clean up to last throughout Friday after a train hauling ethanol derailed in the city of Spartanburg, according to the fire chief. Spartanburg Fire Chief Marion Blackwell said 90 cars with ethanol gas were attached, when three cars jumped the tracks, […]

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U.S.: Remove or retrofit old oil tankers in 2 years

U.S.: Remove or retrofit old oil tankers in 2 years

July 24, 2014 | Star Tribune | Thousands of older railroad tank cars that carry North Dakota crude oil will be phased out or retrofitted in two years under a federal plan announced Wednesday to reduce the risk of oil train disasters. “I would like to see this ­happen yesterday,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony […]

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5 Things to Know About New Oil-Train Rules

5 Things to Know About New Oil-Train Rules

July 24, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal | After nearly a year of scrutiny, the U.S. government proposed new regulations to make hauling oil and other flammable liquids by rail safer. The changes come in the wake of several fiery oil-train derailments, including one last summer that killed dozens of people. If implemented, new […]

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Albany County pushing tough new oil train law

Albany County pushing tough new oil train law

July 24, 2014 | Capital New York | ALBANY—Albany County Executive Dan McCoy on Wednesday proposed another tough, local regulation affecting oil trains. During a press conference at a the Ezra Prentice public housing project, just a feet away from a row of tanker cars, McCoy said county legislators are expected to soon approve a […]

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Devils Lake officials oppose higher train speeds

Devils Lake officials oppose higher train speeds

July 24, 2014 | KFGO | DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Mayor Dennis Johnson says Devils Lake is opposed to a proposal by BNSF Railway to allow increased train speeds on a section of track in the city. Johnson says BNSF is planning to double the current 30 mph limit on a nearly mile-and-a-half-long section […]

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New Data on Bakken Crude Oil to Support Increased Safety Measures

July 23, 2014 | DOT.gov | WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail – particularly crude oil and ethanol – in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a companion […]

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DOT proposes stricter oil train safety rules

DOT proposes stricter oil train safety rules

July 23, 2014 | Politico |The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its long-awaited proposal to improve the safety of oil trains, a step meant to address a series of fiery derailments that have raised fears about the dark side of the North American energy boom. The proposed rules include mandates for phasing out older, less-sturdy […]

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