Archive for September, 2014

Train derailment causes traffic hazard

Train derailment causes traffic hazard

September 15, 2014 | WANE | The New Haven Fire Department responded to Dawkins Road and Webster Road just before 6:00 a.m., after several people reported the derailment. 36 of the Norfolk Southern train’s 74 cars were off the track. Officials say all the cars were empty, so nothing spilled. [Read the entire article here.]

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Close potential loophole on rail tank cars, suburbs urged

Close potential loophole on rail tank cars, suburbs urged

September 14,2014 | Chicago Tribune | Chicago area communities must act soon to demand the federal government tighten proposed regulations on railroad tank cars that carry crude oil and other hazardous materials, a coalition of suburbs says. Federal regulators especially need to close a potential loophole regarding the number of tank cars allowed on “high-hazard” […]

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Environmental groups sue U.S. Department of Transportation over oil train safety

Environmental groups sue U.S. Department of Transportation over oil train safety

September 11, 2014 | Oregon Live | SEATTLE — Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. Accident investigators have complained for decades that the cars are too easily punctured or ruptured when derailed, leading to spills. [Read the entire article […]

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Opponents speak out against BNSF line

Opponents speak out against BNSF line

September 12, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | Opponents of a second BNSF Railway line along La Crosse’s east side called on the city council Thursday to delay any agreement with the company until federal officials decide whether a public hearing is needed on the plan. The group, many aligned with Citizens Acting for Rail […]

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Ag Secretary urging BNSF to keep rail system improvement pledge

September 10, 2014 | Pierce County Herald | Insufficent railroad infrastructure in the Upper Midwest could impact shipping this year’s bountiful harvest of corn and soybeans, and might keep much of the grain in the bins for quite a while in the future. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s up to rail companies to […]

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Frustrated with BNSF traffic, White Rock to request relocation of waterfront tracks

September 10, 2014 | The Bellingham Herald | The railroad: the lifelines of the economy, or “a constant source of anguish for residents?” A main symptom of BNSF Railway’s growing pains is the friction it creates in the communities the company’s trains pass through. Train traffic has seen a post-recession revival, this year approaching the […]

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One-person crew proposal rejected on BNSF

One-person crew proposal rejected on BNSF

September 11, 2014 | Railway Age| BNSF Railway conductors and ground-service workers represented by General Committee GO-001 of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air and Rail Transportation Workers (SMART, formerly the United Transportation Union) have rejected a proposal to allow freight trains equipped with Positive Train Control (PTC) to operate as early as next […]

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Kern County approves state’s biggest ‘oil train’ project

Kern County approves state’s biggest ‘oil train’ project

September 10, 2014 | The Sacramento Bee | The Kern County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a controversial plan Tuesday to ship millions of gallons of volatile crude oil daily on trains through California to a refinery in Bakersfield. Opponents immediately said they likely will sue to stop the project. The project, proposed by the […]

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Public meeting held regarding railway safety

Public meeting held regarding railway safety

September 10, 2014 | News 8 | Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton makes a stop in Winona Wednesday. He was in town to talk with the residents and local emergency leaders about rail safety in the area.  It was part of his statewide tour which focuses on the safety of town in Minnesota as more oil […]

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‘A long ways to go’: Minnesota moving forward on rail safety, but much more still to be d

‘A long ways to go’: Minnesota moving forward on rail safety, but much more still to be d

September 10, 2014 | Winona Daily News | Governor Mark Dayton continues to hear the same message from communities across Minnesota. Local first responders are overwhelmed by the massive increase in rail traffic, especially freight traffic and the shipment of crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota. And even with new legislation increasing […]

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