Archive for July, 2014

Obama’s DOT proposes tougher oil train safety rules

Obama’s DOT proposes tougher oil train safety rules

July 23, 2014 | USA TODAY | Spurred by a boom in oil-carrying trains and several recent tragic accidents, the Obama administration proposed stricter rules Wednesday for rail cars that transport flammable fuels. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced speed limits for trains carrying these fuels, mandatory testing of oil and other volatile liquids as […]

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Obama Administration to Announce Stricter Oil Train Safety Standards

July 22, 2014 | WSJ |  The Obama administration will unveil Wednesday new rules proposing stricter safety standards on trains carrying flammable fuels, including oil and ethanol, according to a Capitol Hill source familiar with the pending regulation. The rules, to be announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, will include standards for tank cars, […]

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Speed of Oil Tank Cars ‘An Issue’: DOT Secretary

July 22, 2014 | Bloomberg | The speed of rail tank cars used in crude-by-rail shipments “is an issue” that the Transportation Department may address in an upcoming safety rule, Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “It has to be dealt with comprehensively,” Foxx said July 21 of the rule, which is still being crafted, during remarks […]

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Clean Up Continues at Slinger Derailment Site

Clean Up Continues at Slinger Derailment Site

July 22, 2014 | WUWM | Crews are siphoning off diesel fuel that pooled near the tracks after Sunday evening’s train collision 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Jason Lowery is closely monitoring the removal of the 5,000 gallon spill.  Lowery serves as the DNR’s Spills Response Team Leader. Tuesday afternoon he said, ” the contractors started […]

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BNSF moves toward allowing trains with only one engineer

BNSF moves toward allowing trains with only one engineer

July 22, 2014 | Omaha.com | BNSF Railway said Monday it has reached a tentative agreement with its largest labor union to permit single engineers to drive trains equipped with a pending new safety system mandated by Congress. The agreement is subject to ratification by members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail […]

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E-mails Reveal Feds and Rail Companies Pressured States to Keep Oil-by-Rail Information Secret

July 21, 2014 | DESMOGBLOG | Documents released to DeSmogBlog by the Washington State Military Department reveal that both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and rail companies attempted to pressure states including Washington to keep information about Bakken crude oil trains from the public. As previously reported on DeSmogBlog, while rail companies have been asserting that […]

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Foxx: New oil train rules could have wide reach

Foxx: New oil train rules could have wide reach

July 21, 2014 | Fuel Fix | WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx suggested Monday that coming mandates to boost the safety of hauling oil by train will take a comprehensive approach, going beyond requiring changes to the tank cars that carry crude across the country. The issue “has to be dealt with comprehensively,” Foxx […]

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Train Derailment Causes Environmental Concerns

Train Derailment Causes Environmental Concerns

July 21, 2014 | PA Home Page | Nisbet, Lycoming County — You can hear something was dragging and it was a large like a screeching noise and dragging,” said Jim Schneider of Duboistown. Nearly every day, long trains carrying cars fully loaded with coal ride down tracks near South Williamsport. On Sunday, something went […]

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Crews checking for equipment malfunction in Slinger train derailment

Crews checking for equipment malfunction in Slinger train derailment

July 22, 2014 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Slinger — Railroad crews are checking whether equipment malfunction or another emergency on a Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. train might have caused a two-train collision and derailment in the center of the village Sunday, a Wisconsin & Southern spokesman said Monday. The engineer on the company’s […]

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California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

July 21, 2014 | KQED | The number of trains carrying crude oil across California is increasing rapidly, and two official reports say the state is not ready. Regulators are preparing, with funds for disaster response and more track inspectors, but they’re limited in how much they can do to make rail transport safer. “My view […]