Archive for August, 2014

Minnesota planning ‘Bakken awareness 101’ for oil train disaster training

Minnesota planning ‘Bakken awareness 101’ for oil train disaster training

August 11, 2014 | inforum.com| Little Canada — MN. — Minnesota emergency services personnel will be trained and equipped in a few years to deal with oil train disasters, but the governor worries about what could happen before then. “If the accident would just wait for two years, three years, four years, boy, would we […]

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Big harvest adds to railroad woes

Big harvest adds to railroad woes

August 11, 2014 | Farm and Ranch | ELGIN — Harlan Klein of rural Elgin was down on his knees Friday morning filling the tires on his combine header with a liquid seal product. He could just as well be praying that regional grain terminals get train service this harvest instead of the runaround from […]

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Emanuel wants action on oil train risks in Chicago

August 8, 2014 | pantagraph.com | CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is emphasizing the dangers of moving crude oil and other hazardous materials through Chicago’s rail network, saying hundreds of schools, parks and playgrounds are within a half mile of the tracks. Emanuel spoke Friday at a panel discussion that included President Barack Obama’s […]

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Rivers blocked at Meeting due to CSX train derailment

Rivers blocked at Meeting due to CSX train derailment

August 9, 2014 | ABC News4| NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – A train derailment early Saturday morning blocked Rivers Avenue near Meeting Street in North Charleston. Several train cars rolled onto their sides, according to police. [Read the entire article here.]

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BNSF makes bigger push for second rail track in La Crosse

BNSF makes bigger push for second rail track in La Crosse

August 8, 2014 | News8000 |LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -BNSF adds extra incentives with hopes of speeding up the process of adding a second rail line through part of La Crosse. The rail company wants to add about four miles of track from near Kmart through Forest Hills Golf Course and part of the marsh. […]

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City eyes BNSF offer on second rail line

City eyes BNSF offer on second rail line

August 8, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | BNSF Railway has offered to cover costs for an underpass at the municipal Forest Hills Golf Course and work needed at a dozen street-level crossings to clear the way for a second line of track on La Crosse’s east side — but only if the city agrees […]

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King County holds disaster exercise for oil train derailment, explosion

August 7, 2014 | KIROTV | King County’s executive says the region is prepared for potential oil train disaster, but there remains a serious risk. On Wednesday, Dow Constantine detailed results of the Puget Sound area’s first drill simulating an oil train derailment and fire. On Tuesday, emergency responders gathered in an operations center to […]

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Safety worries rise as Twin Cities oil train traffic jumps

August 7, 2014 | Brainerd Dispatch| FRIDLEY – Tons of corn spilled into Locke Lake on a summer morning three years ago after a freight train derailed near Mary Jo Czaplewski’s Fridley home. It turned the lake yellow. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” she said, recalling the twisted mess of 17 railcars off the tracks […]

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In Paulsboro train derailment, Sen. Robert Menendez says rail safety legislation necessary

In Paulsboro train derailment, Sen. Robert Menendez says rail safety legislation necessary

August 7, 2014 | nj.com | PAULSBORO, NJ — Sen. Robert Menendez, standing in front of the site of the Nov. 30, 2012 train derailment and chemical spill in Paulsboro, announced a five-point plan to strengthen rail safety throughout the United States in an attempt to prevent incidents like the 2012 accident from happening again. […]

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BNSF conductor hospitalized for possible hazmat exposure

BNSF conductor hospitalized for possible hazmat exposure

August 6, 2014 | KXII | BRYAN COUNTY, OK – A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train conductor was taken to Texoma Medical Center in Denison early Wednesday morning after he possibly contacted hazardous materials. Emergency crews responded to the train tracks just north of Platter Road around 3 a.m. A BNSF railroad conductor was inspecting […]

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