Archive for September, 2014

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Holds Railroad Safety Meeting in Winona

September 10, 2014 | WXOW |Governor Dayton stopped in Winona on Wednesday to talk about the ongoing implementation of new Minnesota railway safety laws signed this past May. Dayton met with local emergency responders and policy makers about the new law which requires railroads to respond to spills more quickly, update plans for spills more […]

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Experts suggest a pipeline to relieve rail issues

Experts suggest a pipeline to relieve rail issues

September 9, 2014 | Daily News | North Dakota has surpassed growth expectations, is the second largest oil producing state, has low unemployment and jobs it can’t fill, budget surpluses and a continuing expanding business and personal economy. It sounds like an enviable position, but state officials are struggling to harness and control the burgeoning […]

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Feds move to prevent runaway oil trains

Feds move to prevent runaway oil trains

September 10, 2014 | The Hill |The federal government is moving to prevent freight trains that are carrying crude oil from being left unattended and rolling away. The Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on Tuesday that it was proposing new rules that would make it illegal for freight trains that are carrying […]

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U.S. to Study Volatility of Fuel Transport

September 10, 2014 | Insurance Journal | U.S. studies of oil train dangers may have underestimated the perils of volatile vapor on the tracks and officials will in future use precision instruments for more thorough tests, a Transportation Department official said on Tuesday. Officials have warned since January that flammable gas might be wrongly moving […]

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Chicago City Council approves resolution targeting crude oil train shipments

September 9, 2014 | insurancenet.com | A joint Chicago City Council committee approved a resolution today calling on the federal government to impose more stringent restrictions on the shipments of crude oil by train than were proposed in July by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The action would put Chicago in the forefront of communities […]

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B.N.S.F. Railway adds to current track proposal in La Crosse

September 5, 2014 | WXOW | La Crosse, WI -B.N.S.F. Railway wants to add a second railroad track to existing tracks in some parts of the city. Concerns with added noise and safety has led to public opposition and reluctance from the city to go along with the plan. The four-mile track would be parallel […]

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BNSF sweetens offer to city, would reconfigure golf course

BNSF sweetens offer to city, would reconfigure golf course

September 5, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | BNSF Railway has added to the list of what it’s willing to do in La Crosse to speed up the process for getting a second line of track installed on the east side. The company already had offered to pay for moving utilities and making other adjustments […]

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America’s Exploding Oil Train Problem

America’s Exploding Oil Train Problem

September 2, 2014 | Moyers & company | If you reside in the US, there’s around an eight percent chance that you live in an oil train’s blast zone. And there’s a fight going on at the state and federal levels, between monied interests and regulatory agencies, over efforts to ensure that these trains — […]

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5 arrested, tracks blocked in Everett protest of oil trains

5 arrested, tracks blocked in Everett protest of oil trains

September 2, 2014 | Seattle Times | Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a BNSF Railway yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest. [Read the entire article here.]

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NTSB recommends dozens of safety amendments in Paulsboro train derailment final report

NTSB recommends dozens of safety amendments in Paulsboro train derailment final report

September 1, 2014 | NJ.com | PAULSBORO — The National Transportation Safety Board released its full report Tuesday on the Nov. 30, 2012 Conrail train derailment and chemical release in the borough, including multiple recommendations regarding safety issues, training and qualifications for train crews and first responders. [Read the entire article here.]

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