Archive for October, 2014

Berkshire Hathaway railroad adds surcharge on older oil tank cars

Berkshire Hathaway railroad adds surcharge on older oil tank cars

October 26, 2014 | Fuel Fix | BNSF Railway Co. plans to apply a $1,000 surcharge for each older crude tank car, denting profits for shale drillers in North Dakota. The railroad owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is the first major U.S. operator using fees to encourage shippers to scrap the puncture-prone older […]

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New crude oil report concludes risks of train spills are real

New crude oil report concludes risks of train spills are real

October 24, 2014 | Bakken.com | Mile-long oil trains that are expected to crisscross California daily in the coming years pose significant risks to residents of urban areas, including Sacramento, a new report concludes, contradicting earlier studies that found no major safety concerns. The report, issued by San Luis Obispo County officials, is based on […]

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Exclusive: California getting more Bakken crude by barge than rail

Exclusive: California getting more Bakken crude by barge than rail

October 23, 2014 | Reuters| Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state’s isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation’s shale oil boom. While tough permitting rules and growing resistance by environmentalists […]

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Facing lawsuit, California oil train terminal to shut down

Facing lawsuit, California oil train terminal to shut down

October 23, 2014 | Star Telegram| WASHINGTON — A legal victory in California this week over crude oil operations could have a spillover effect, emboldening critics of crude-by-rail shipments to press their concerns in other jurisdictions. EarthJustice, a San Francisco-based environmental group, won its battle to halt crude oil train operations in the state as […]

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State, feds investigating CSX derailment outside Albany

State, feds investigating CSX derailment outside Albany

October 23, 2014 | The Journal News| Federal and state investigators are looking into what caused 18 cars of a freight train to derail Wednesday night at a rail yard in the Albany area. The derailment happened at CSX’s Selkirk Yard, which connects to the rail line that passes through four of Rockland’s five towns. […]

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Oil train shipper has propane spill in Albany

October 22, 2014 | Capital NY| ALBANY—The company that brings most of the crude oil through New York state had a propane spill at an Albany facility Monday night, but did not notify county officials until five hours after the accident, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said. Inspectors for Global Partners discovered a release of […]

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Gains keep coming for U.S. freight rail traffic

Gains keep coming for U.S. freight rail traffic

October 21, 2014 | Railway Age| U.S. freight rail traffic kept advancing in the latest week ending Oct. 11, 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Thursday, Oct 16, suggesting continued U.S economic strength may continue despite Wall Street concerns of a global economic slowdown. [Read the entire article here.]

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Bergen County firefighters say they can’t fight oil train fires without help

Bergen County firefighters say they can’t fight oil train fires without help

October 21, 2014 | NJ.com| HACKENSACK — Local firefighters say they don’t have the manpower, equipment or expertise to deal with an accident involving trains carrying Bakken crude oil, the Record reported. Up to 30 trains a week each carry more than a million gallons of oil through Bergen County. “There has to be some […]

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Coal train derails, spills contents in York County

Coal train derails, spills contents in York County

October 21, 2014 | Omaha.com| WACO, Neb. — It’s still not clear as to what caused the derailment of 28 train cars loaded with coal in Waco early Sunday. The aftermath, however, was astounding as the heavy cars and their contents appeared to have been thrown about like toys near the Central Valley elevator facility. […]

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Oil Industry wants 7-10 years to phase out tank cars

Oil Industry wants 7-10 years to phase out tank cars

October 21, 2014 | Fuel Fix | WASHINGTON – Leading oil industry trade groups on Tuesday told federal regulators that proposed regulations to boost the safety of transporting crude by trains need to be phased in more slowly and should not mandate tank cars with extra-thick shells. If the Department of Transportation doesn’t relax the proposed […]

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