Archive for September, 2014

2 freight trains collide in Kansas; no injuries

September 25, 2014 | KSN | MCPHERSON COUNTY, Kansas – Two Union Pacific freight trains collided in central Kansas but no injuries or major hazardous waste spills were reported. The collision occurred early Thursday in McPherson County between Galva and Canton. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says an eastbound train hit the back of a westbound […]

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PHMSA oil train official steps down

September 24, 2014 | Energy Global | Cynthia Quarterman, the federal regulator who oversaw expansion of the US oil train sector and the fallout from several fiery derailments, will step down, according to reports. As administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) since November 2009, Quarterman has been a leading safety official […]

U.S. Transportation Secretary Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

U.S. Transportation Secretary Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

September 24, 2014 | WPR | A room filled with train conductors, federal rail officials, local lawmakers and community activists voiced their concerns to Foxx about rail traffic in the region, which has been increasing thanks to oil shipments from North Dakota and elsewhere that run through Wisconsin. Some people talked about safety and response issues, while […]

Transportation secretary hears concerns on rail safety

Transportation secretary hears concerns on rail safety

September 23, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | Anthony Foxx took over the U.S. Department of Transportation just days before an oil train derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and leveling buildings in Lac-Megantic, Canada. Ever since, the transportation secretary said he has focused on figuring out how the DOT can better secure the ever-growing […]

Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo

Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo

September 23, 2014 | MPR News| At least 18 times in the past three years BNSF Railway freight trains rolled west out of Minneapolis pulling cars filled with hazardous chemicals that were not on the trains’ official cargo list, according to train crew complaints. That’s contrary to federal regulation because in case of an accident, […]

Baldwin Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

Baldwin Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

            September 23, 2014 | WPR| As more Bakken oil makes its way through Wisconsin from North Dakota to oil refineries, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., met with La Crosse residents on Tuesday to discuss their growing concerns for rail safety in the region. One group of residents, Citizens Acting for […]

Dayton asks for added ND oil train safety

Dayton asks for added ND oil train safety

September 23, 2014 | KARE| ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants added safety measures for oil trains leaving North Dakota. Dayton made the request Tuesday in a letter to North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Dayton says Minnesota is “one of the primary routes” for Bakken oil being transported from North Dakota. But […]

Canada oil-train boom may thwart winter crude price slump

September 21, 2014 | gulfnews.com | Calgary, Alberta: Each winter for the past four years, Canadian oil sands producers have watched in dismay as local crude prices slumped. Limited export pipeline capacity coupled with the end of the US summer driving season led to oil gluts in Alberta, sending prices tumbling and depriving producers of […]

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Nebraska has emerged as the center of the debate over the safe transport of oil

September 21, 2014 | Norfolk Daily News| OAKLAND, Neb. — If you visit here and turn off Oakland Avenue toward the railroad tracks, you just might find Brendan Murray prowling up and down the street, cataloging the cracks in the pavement and the scars on the buildings. • The owner of an apartment building facing […]

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More Fiery Oil Train, Pipeline Accidents Unless Government Acts: Report

Septebmer 22, 2014 | NBC News |If the U.S. doesn’t quickly address the safe transportation of oil and gas, Americans could pay the price with more fiery train and pipeline accidents, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office. [Read the entire article here.] [Read the report here.]

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