Archive for November, 2014

BNSF official says railway improvements underway

BNSF official says railway improvements underway

November 24, 2014 | KFGO | FARGO (AP) — A BNSF Railway official says new safety testing and maintenance has begun on a stretch near Casselton where there have been five train accidents in the last decade. The most recent mishap on Nov. 14 caused 21 cars of an eastbound train carrying lumber and paper […]

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Montana making headway on planning for oil train traffic

Montana making headway on planning for oil train traffic

November 24, 2014 | KPAX| MISSOULA – Oil train traffic is booming across Montana, with state reports showing an increase of several hundred percent in the last decade. That’s bringing change to how federal agencies and the state monitor that traffic, and how the railroads are taking their own measures to improve safety, and prepare […]

By November 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Tribal leaders, Commissioner warn of oil train dangers

November 20, 2014 | Washington State DNR | OLYMPIA – Increased oil train traffic on Washington’s aging rail system puts the state’s people and ecosystems at risk, according to an opinion piece by ten tribal leaders and the Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, published today in the Seattle Times. “Crude By Rail: […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

BNSF spending $6B to ease rail gridlock

November 20, 2014 | The Columbian| NEW YORK — BNSF Railway Co., the railroad owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., plans to spend a record $6 billion next year to help speed trains and improve service crimped by surging grain and oil shipments. Almost $1.5 billion will go for expansion projects, BNSF said Thursday, […]

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Buffett’s BNSF Sees Lower Crude Growth on Oil-Price Drop

November 20, 2014 | Bloomberg| BNSF Railway Co. Chairman Matt Rose said expansion of crude-oil shipments is threatened with the commodity’s decline in price, even as a strengthening U.S. economy boosts rail freight. The growth of shale-oil production will slow with crude in the $70 dollar-per-barrel range and will be eliminated in the $60 range, […]

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Enviro Health Group Maps Crude Oil Train Risks To Schools

Enviro Health Group Maps Crude Oil Train Risks To Schools

November 20, 2014 | Hudson Valley News | A public health group has mapped what it calls new risks posed to children who attend schools near crude oil train lines in the Hudson Valley as well as throughout New York. Environmental groups added their voices to the discussion in calling on regulators and the rail […]

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Volatile Express: Is the Chicago area prepared for a crude oil disaster?

November 18, 2014 | WLS-TV | CHICAGO (WLS) — The ABC7 I-Team investigated hazardous oil trains that speed through Chicago and the suburbs every day. Would firefighters be able to keep you safe if one of them exploded? The answer is probably not. Emergency officials testified before Congress they are not prepared to handle a […]

By November 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
BNSF, communities at cross arms over train blockages

BNSF, communities at cross arms over train blockages

November 18, 2014 | Bismark Tribune| NEW SALEM — The mayor of New Salem has had her fill of kids crawling under railroad cars and people driving around crossings when the arms are down with no train in sight. Lynette Fitterer said she communicates to solve problems in town, but that hasn’t worked with the […]

By November 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Keystone left behind as Canadian oil pours into U.S.

Keystone left behind as Canadian oil pours into U.S.

November 15, 2014 | Fuel Fix | Delays of the Keystone XL pipeline are providing little obstacle to Western Canadian oil producers getting their crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast, with shipments set to more than double next year. The volume of Canadian crude processed at Gulf Coast refineries could climb to more than 400,000 […]

By November 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

State seeks to update rail plan amid oil train boom

November 14, 2014 | Bakken.com| RED WING — Concerns about rail safety, increased freight traffic and passenger rail projects dominated a public meeting Wednesday night on Minnesota’s statewide rail plan. About 30 people turned out to learn about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s plans to update its statewide rail plan, which applies to both freight […]

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