Archive for August, 2014

Bakken Rail Bet on a Feeling Pays Off for Global’s Slifka

Bakken Rail Bet on a Feeling Pays Off for Global’s Slifka

August 1, 2014 | Bloomberg | When Eric Slifka landed in North Dakota’s Bakken shale field three years ago, he says he was overcome by “this feeling of a lot of growth. You could feel the pressure.” The fervor was so strong that Slifka, chief executive officer of Global Partners LP (GLP) in Waltham, Massachusetts, […]

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Union Pacific Rail Cars Derail on Hwy. 730

Union Pacific Rail Cars Derail on Hwy. 730

August 2, 2014 | NBC | NEAR WALLULA, WA – Crews from Union Pacific are working to get one of their trains, that derailed early Friday morning, back on the tracks. Aaron Hunt, the spokesperson for Union Pacific, says the accident happened around 2:30 a.m., on Hwy. 730 – just south of the Washington-Oregon border. […]

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Comment period starts for oil-train rules

August 1, 2014 | The Hill | The Obama administration Friday formally published proposals in the Federal Register to strengthen safety rules for trains carrying crude oil and other fuels, kicking off a two-month period in which the public can comment. The proposals were prompted chiefly by the recent increase in oil shipped by rail […]

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Crews Begin Cleanup Work After Baton Rouge Train Derailment

Crews Begin Cleanup Work After Baton Rouge Train Derailment

August 1, 2014 | myarklamiss.com | Seven cars from a train travelling along tracks near S. Choctaw and N. Sherwood Forest Drive in Baton Rouge, LA, derailed around 9:30 AM, Friday. Investigators on the scene say they’ve found residue of Difulourmethane, a hazardous material, on the scene. They say they are still investigating what caused […]

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Xcel hit by coal delivery backlog; fuel shortage threatens region’s third-largest electric plant

Xcel hit by coal delivery backlog; fuel shortage threatens region’s third-largest electric plant

August 1, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | Newly released documents show the coal delivery shortage that threatens to shutter one of Dairyland Power’s two coal-fired plants has also caused a fuel shortage at one of Minnesota’s largest electricity generators. Xcel Energy is calling on federal regulators to focus on urging railroads to reduce a […]

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3 arrested in oil train protest

3 arrested in oil train protest

July 31, 2014 | KIRO TV | A candidate for state legislature was among those arrested for criminal trespass after refusing to leave the train tracks in an oil train protest Thursday in Seattle. Jess Spear told KIRO 7 it was not a political stunt as she and two others were arrested. More than a […]

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BNSF Holds Off On Plan To Increase Train Speed Limits

BNSF Holds Off On Plan To Increase Train Speed Limits

July 30, 2014 | Valley News | BNSF Railway agreed to hold off on a plan to increase speed limits for trains traveling through Devils Lake. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven spoke with BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Rose this afternoon to express the community’s concerns about the plan. They also decided it would be […]

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BNSF’s Proposal For One-Person Train Crews Concerns Rail Workers

BNSF’s Proposal For One-Person Train Crews Concerns Rail Workers

July 29, 2014 | KPLU | Railroad workers are speaking out against a proposal by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to have single-employee freight train crews. They say the idea is unsafe, especially in light of the increasing transportation of crude oil by rail. The controversy stems from a tentative contract agreement BNSF has reached […]

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How and why railroads keep oil train information from communities

How and why railroads keep oil train information from communities

July 31, 2014 | Boulder Weekly | Last week’s Boulder Weekly cover story “Oil Boom” covered the proliferation of trains carrying volatile crude oil in outdated oil tanks through the hearts of Longmont, Boulder and Louisville. With industry estimates of an oil boom in the nearby Niobrara shale formation, Boulder County residents can expect that […]

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