Archive for September, 2014

Montana shippers place their bets on BNSF’s iron horse

Montana shippers place their bets on BNSF’s iron horse

September 28, 2014 | Billings Gazette|GLENDIVE — The rail yard in this Eastern Montana train town is teeming with boxcars bound for the Midwest and West Coast. There are more than 300 cars of coal, 200 cars of grain. Black, jellybean-shaped tankers of Bakken crude linked end to end for more than a mile. [Read […]

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New app gives help in oil-train emergencies

September 28, 2014 | lohud| Police and firefighters responding to a freight train emergency might soon get some help from a smartphone. CSX Corp. has launched a new mobile app known as CSX Operation Respond to deliver real-time information about what’s on the train. [Read the entire article here.]

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N.D. regulators consider oil stabilization policy

September 26|The Columbian|Most Clark County residents don’t pay close attention to the North Dakota Industrial Commission. But the three-member regulatory body has the authority to influence something increasingly familiar to Southwest Washington and the Northwest: oil trains. The commission this week heard testimony on whether crude oil extracted from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields should […]

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Oil industry offers crude-train testing standards

September 25, 2014 | Bismark Tribune|BILLINGS, Mont. — The oil industry’s lead trade group released new standards on Thursday for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people. [Read the article here.]

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Push for best deal with railroad

September 28, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune|There are legitimate reasons for concern about the safety of trains hauling hazardous cargo through La Crosse and the region. The potential for serious accidents with more rail cars carrying flammable fuel is real. [Read the article here.]

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End of the line for railroad conductors? Not so fast, unions say

End of the line for railroad conductors? Not so fast, unions say

September 26, 2014 | McClatchyDC| WASHINGTON — How many people does it take to safely operate a freight train? Two, say railroad labor unions, the Federal Railroad Administration and some members of Congress, arguing that having just one person in the cab of a locomotive was unsafe. They cite a series of deadly accidents involving […]

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New Report Out On Oil Train Inspections

New Report Out On Oil Train Inspections

September 26, 2014 |WXXI| (AP) There’s a new report out on the inspections of crude oil train cars that have been coming through New York State with increasing frequency. Authorities say additional inspections of crude oil tank cars and railroad tracks in New York have found 72 minor defects and one critical defect from a […]

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Kansas City is crossroads for crude by rail, documents show

Kansas City is crossroads for crude by rail, documents show

September 24, 2014 | McClatchyDC| KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s largest city has become a crossroads for trains carrying a type of crude oil that has ignited in multiple derailments, according to state documents that the railroads carrying the cargo didn’t want made public. Each week, as many as 10 trains pass through Kansas City, […]

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Colorado Niobrara Player to Build Crude Rail Terminal

Colorado Niobrara Player to Build Crude Rail Terminal

September 25, 2014 | NGI Shale Daily| Denver-based ARB Midstream LLC plans to build and operate a crude oil transloading terminal in the heart of the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin, it said Wednesday. Some operations would begin in the first quarter with full operations beginning in late 3Q2015. [Read the entire article here.]

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Governor Jerry Brown signs California oil train bill into law

Governor Jerry Brown signs California oil train bill into law

September 26, 2014 | Uncover California | Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will enable state emergency responders to receive more information about trains carrying potentially hazardous cargo. Assembly Bill 380 (AB380) requires rail companies to inform Office of Emergency Services about shipments of crude oil, and provide locals with access […]

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