Archive for August, 2014

Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil

Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil

August 26, 2014 | NY Times | FARGO, N.D. — The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal […]

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Oregon oil train terminal says safer rail cars are rolling there (and how to tell)

Oregon oil train terminal says safer rail cars are rolling there (and how to tell)

August 24, 2014 | Oregon Live | Starting June 1, the operators of an oil train terminal near Clatskanie promised to only accept crude delivered in tank cars that met the latest industry safety standards. [Read the entire article here.]

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Oregon Approves Subsidy For Oil Transport, Not Coal

Oregon Approves Subsidy For Oil Transport, Not Coal

August 22, 2014 | NWPR | The Oregon Transportation Commission voted Friday to deny funding for controversial coal exports but approved subsidies that will allow more oil trains to travel along the Columbia River. [Read the entire article here.]

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Report: Oil train in fatal Quebec explosion passed through region

Report: Oil train in fatal Quebec explosion passed through region

August 23, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | The Canadian oil train that derailed in 2013 killing 47 people in Lac-Mégantic passed through the Coulee Region on its way to Quebec, according to Canadian safety officials. A report from Canada’s Transportation Safety Board blamed “systemic weaknesses” in the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway’s safety system […]

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BNSF plans to add tracks north, south of Ferndale

BNSF plans to add tracks north, south of Ferndale

August 23, 2014 | The Bellingham Herald | FERNDALE – To relieve congestion that will come with more trains carrying coal and other cargo, BNSF Railway expects to lay four miles of track along existing rail north of Ferndale, a company official said. The work has not yet received state approval, but Gus Melonas, public […]

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Crews work non-stop to repair Lower Valley train derailment

Crews work non-stop to repair Lower Valley train derailment

August 22, 2014 | KFOX14 | EL PASO, Texas — Union Pacific Railroad said crews will be working non-stop Friday to repair a Lower Valley train derailment. As KFOX14 reported, the derailment happened at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday near the Carolina Bridge. While Union Pacific said some of the cars were carrying oil, there were […]

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State regulators expect penalty for CSX oil train wreck

August 22, 2014 | LYNCHBURG — State environmental regulators are in talks with CSX to negotiate the terms of a consent order that will be issued in response to the estimated 29,916 gallons of oil released into the James River during the April 30 train derailment in downtown Lynchburg. [Read the entire article here.]

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Co-op refinery returning to normal after train derailment

Co-op refinery returning to normal after train derailment

August 21, 2014 | Leader Post | REGINA — Eight empty CN Rail cars derailed near the Co-op refinery shortly after midnight on Wednesday, causing a stoppage that affected the complex. The derailment went through the refinery but occurred on the main line, CN’s property. [Read the entire article here.]

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Oil train in deadly crash passed through major U.S. cities

Oil train in deadly crash passed through major U.S. cities

August 21, 2014 | Washington Examiner | A train carrying crude oil that derailed, exploded and killed 47 people in a Quebec town in July 2013 traveled through Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and North Dakota before the accident, a report from Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said. Canada’s federal transportation regulator blamed “systemic problems” for the […]

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Judge Denies Class-Action Status in Derailment

Judge Denies Class-Action Status in Derailment

August 20, 2014 | NBC Philidelphia | A federal judge has denied class-action status to those suing a rail company and others over a 2012 train derailment that leaked a hazardous gas into the air in New Jersey. [Read the entire article here.]

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