Archive for August, 2014

Oil train concerns shared up north

August 30, 2014 | The Daily Gazette | People from the low-income neighborhoods bordering the Port of Albany aren’t the only ones worried about the volume of volatile crude oil passing daily through the port. At least one oil train a day is arriving on Canadian Pacific tracks that come through the Champlain Valley, often […]

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Oil train regulation passes in California

August 30, 2014 | Reuters | – California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state’s Office of Emergency Services when trains carrying crude oil from Canada and North Dakota are headed to […]

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BNSF questions media’s presence

August 26, 2014 | Oregon Live | The pointed question came before all the stragglers were seated. At a Tuesday meeting of an Oregon task force tightening railroads’ hazardous materials disclosures, a BNSF Railway Co. representative wanted to know: Why were the public and media included? “Wouldn’t it be easier if the press wasn’t here?” BNSF’s […]

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BNSF Plans New Rail Bridge over Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho

BNSF Plans New Rail Bridge over Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho

August 28, 2014 | Boise Weekly | They call it “the funnel,” and looking at a map of rail lines in the Western United States it’s clear why. Tracks from the Midwest fan out and converge on a dense choke point located in the Idaho Panhandle—that’s where westbound Union Pacific, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe and Montana […]

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BNSF Train derailment in West Quincy

BNSF Train derailment in West Quincy

August 27, 2014 | KHQA |WEST QUINCY, MO. — Clean up is underway Wednesday after a train derailment in West Quincy. Andy Williams spokesperson for BNSF said that the derailment occurred at around 5 a.m. [Read the entire article here.]

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Albany Oil Train Protest: Citizens Demand Action

Albany Oil Train Protest: Citizens Demand Action

August 27, 2014 | WAMC | Representatives from a wide range of organizations gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion on Albany’s Eagle Street just before noon tuesday. They say Andrew Cuomo isn’t doing enough to protect the people of New York from the risks of crude oil trains. Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas The rally […]

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Dayton wants more answers from railroads on ag shipping problems

Dayton wants more answers from railroads on ag shipping problems

August 27, 2014 | Star Tribune| The governor, saying Minnesota grain farmers are losing millions to delayed shipments, is pushing federal officials to make rail carriers more accountable. [Read the entire article here.]

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Emerson residents told they can return to homes after BNSF train derailment forced them out

Emerson residents told they can return to homes after BNSF train derailment forced them out

August 27, 2014 | CTV News| About 40 residents in Emerson, Manitoba were told they could return home early Wednesday morning. Around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday the sounds of a train running off its tracks forced some people who live near it out of bed, including Richard Penner. “It was just an enormous bang followed by […]

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BNSF executive: Oil train safety can improve

BNSF executive: Oil train safety can improve

August 27, 2014 | Columbian | As questions continue to swirl about the safety of transporting crude oil by rail, BNSF Railway’s top executive acknowledged Tuesday that the process could be safer, and said his company welcomes the regulatory push toward more modern tank cars. In an interview with The Columbian, BNSF Executive Chairman Matthew […]

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Another View: U.S. foot-dragging could lead to another Lac-Megantic

August 25, 2014 | The Herald News | A major milestone was reached last week in the follow-up to the oil train explosion that killed 47 people last summer in Lac-Megantic, Quebec: Canadian investigators released a final report blaming lax government oversight and poor rail company safety practices for the tragic accident. [Read the entire […]

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