Archive for October, 2014

As Trains Move Oil Bonanza, Delays Mount for Other Goods and Passengers

As Trains Move Oil Bonanza, Delays Mount for Other Goods and Passengers

October 8,2014 | The New York Times|WASHINGTON — An energy boom that has created a sharp increase in rail freight traffic nationwide is causing major delays for Amtrak passenger trains and is holding up the transport of vital consumer and industrial goods, including chemicals, coal and hundreds of thousands of new American cars, rail officials […]

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Shale Boom Tested as Sub-$90 Oil Threatens U.S. Drillers

Shale Boom Tested as Sub-$90 Oil Threatens U.S. Drillers

October 8, 2014 | Bloomberg News| The U.S. shale boom is producing record amounts of new oil as demand weakens, pushing prices down toward levels that threaten to reduce future drilling. Domestic fields will add an unprecedented 1.1 million barrels a day of output this year and another 963,000 in 2015, raising production to the […]

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Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obama

October 7, 2014|Bloomberg News| So you’re the Canadian oil industry and you do what you think is a great thing by developing a mother lode of heavy crude beneath the forests and muskeg of northern Alberta. The plan is to send it clear to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast via a pipeline called Keystone […]

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‘Wild West’ Approach to Regulation in Bakken Shale Means Bomb Trains Continue to Roll

October 8, 2014|DESMOGBLOG| Prepare yourself for a rare moment of honesty from the oil industry. It happened on Sept. 23 at a hearing of the North Dakota Industrial Commission during a discussion on ways to make Bakken crude oil less flammable for transportation. [Read the entire article here.]

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Train derails in central Saskatchewan, catches fire

Train derails in central Saskatchewan, catches fire

October 7, 2014 | CTV| WADENA, Sask. — A CN freight train carrying dangerous goods derailed in central Saskatchewan on Tuesday and caught fire. The Saskatchewan government said the derailment happened near the small community of Clair, which was being evacuated. RCMP said people with farms in the area were also being told to leave. […]

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Train carrying dangerous goods derails in central Saskatchewan, catches fire

Train carrying dangerous goods derails in central Saskatchewan, catches fire

October 7, 2014 | The Globe and Mail | A CN freight train carrying dangerous goods has derailed in central Saskatchewan and is on fire. The Saskatchewan government says the derailment happened Tuesday morning near the small community of Clair, which is being evacuated. Highway 5 has been closed in the area. “Provincial emergency services […]

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Macedonia railroad bridge issue at a crossroads

October 6, 2014 | WKYC| MACEDONIA, Ohio – The city is at a crossroads with a railroad company over the upkeep of a bridge that spans a key thoroughfare. As of this weekend, Ledge Road in Macedonia is closed at the Norfolk-Southern train overpass, near I-271. [Read the article here.]

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Concerned about safety, California to inspect railroad bridges for first time

Concerned about safety, California to inspect railroad bridges for first time

October 6, 2014 | The Sacramento Bee| For more than a century, California has relied on assurances from railroad companies that thousands of rail bridges across the state, from spindly trestles in remote canyons to iron workhorses in urban areas, are safe and well-maintained to handle heavy freight traffic. That era of trust is over. […]

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More oil trains heading to N.J.

More oil trains heading to N.J.

October 5, 2014 | Northjersey.com| The owner of the state’s largest refinery is investing heavily in rail transportation to haul oil across the country to its Linden plant, ensuring that more trains carrying millions of gallons of volatile Bakken crude will be traveling through New Jersey. The Houston-based energy giant Phillips 66 recently opened a […]

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Minnesota Takes A Stand On Making Bakken Oil Trains Safer

Minnesota Takes A Stand On Making Bakken Oil Trains Safer

October 3, 2014 | KUNC|O il trains are one of the clearest connections between the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and regular Americans. In 2008, no oil left North Dakota by train. Now, over 700,000 barrels a day do. The trains run next to homes and through downtowns from Oregon to Virginia. And when […]

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