Archive for August, 2014

2 trains carrying toxic cargo collide in Hoxie

2 trains carrying toxic cargo collide in Hoxie

August 17, 2014 | THV11| HOXIE, AR (KTHV) – Arkansas State Police are reporting that a freight train collision has claimed the lives of two people and left two others injured. All are believed to be crew members on board the two trains. At around 3 a.m. Sunday, Arkansas State Police were notified of a […]

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Refiners adapt as oil supply tips away from imports

Refiners adapt as oil supply tips away from imports

August 13, 2014 | Fuel Fix | HOUSTON —  In a sign of the nation’s decreasing dependence on foreign crude oil, refiners on the Gulf Coast are getting more of their raw material by pipeline from U.S. fields and less by tanker from overseas. [Read the entire article here.]

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Oil production increases, flaring unchanged

August 15, 2014 | Bakken Breakout | BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil production in western North Dakota picked up steam in June with daily production spiking by more than 52,000 barrels during the month over May’s record high. Monthly oil figures also showed that flaring as a percentage in the state remained unchanged from last month. Preliminary […]

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Oil-by-rail project for shut California refinery nears approval

August 15, 2014 | SRN News | (Reuters) – The first new crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant. The facility at independent refiner […]

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Putting the brakes on train derailment

Putting the brakes on train derailment

August 15, 2014 | The Globe and Mail | The federal government is mulling a plan to require new electronically controlled air brakes for rail cars that haul dangerous goods such as crude oil and ethanol after a series of explosive oil-train derailments in Canada and the United States. [Read the entire article here.]

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No Room at the Bin for Grain Amid Buffett’s BNSF Rail Jam

No Room at the Bin for Grain Amid Buffett’s BNSF Rail Jam

August 14, 2014 | Bloomberg News| With the start of the spring-wheat harvest in Arnegard, North Dakota, a week away, the bins on Bob Wisness’s 11,000-acre farm are half full with last year’s crops that have been stranded by a train traffic jam. “With the railroad situation the way it is, it almost looks hopeless […]

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BNSF promises expedited delivery to ease coal shortage

BNSF promises expedited delivery to ease coal shortage

August 14, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune| Dairyland Power has received assurances that it will get the coal it needs to keep its Genoa plant online this winter. In a statement released Wednesday, Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, praised BNSF railroad for making a commitment to ship enough coal to give consumers peace of mind […]

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Pennsylvania crude oil train data still not going to right officials

Pennsylvania crude oil train data still not going to right officials

August 13, 2014 | McClatchyDC| At least four Pennsylvania counties along the path of frequent crude oil train movements have had difficulty obtaining information about the shipments, in spite of a federal order that was supposed to help local emergency responders. [Read the entire article here.]

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Proposal Threatens to Aggravate Shortage of Railcars to Move Oil

Proposal Threatens to Aggravate Shortage of Railcars to Move Oil

August 12, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal | The proposal, which likely will mean scrapping or redeploying thousands of tank cars, could make it more expensive to ship oil and other fuels as crude-by-rail shipments have soared with U.S. oil production. The plan could also extend the wait times for new cars. [Read the […]

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Train Derailment Response

August 12, 2014 | News 13 | An emergency response team with CSX is in Rutherford County to clean up a train derailment. Reports are that at least 17 cars came off the tracks last night. The CSX cars were carrying coal to be delivered at the Cliffside steam station owned by Duke. We’ve been […]

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