Archive for December, 2014

Train Derailment Sends Coal Waste And Lentils Into Creek Near Canadian National Park

Train Derailment Sends Coal Waste And Lentils Into Creek Near Canadian National Park

December 28, 2014 | Climate Progress| A freight train carrying coal waste and lentils derailed in Alberta Friday, sending seven rail cars into a creek near Banff National Park. Fifteen Canadian Pacific cars derailed in total, six of which were carrying fly ash — a product created during coal combustion and which, when combined with […]

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Progress made, challenges remain one year after Casselton train derailment

Progress made, challenges remain one year after Casselton train derailment

December 29, 2014 | Grand Forks Herald | CASSELTON, N.D. – Tim McLean was fixing a truck on his farm when his pager beeped to summon him to duty as a volunteer firefighter. As McLean drove to the scene, the billowing black smoke visible from miles away told him he was about to confront the […]

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Train derailment in Nebraska leaves 22 cars off tracks

Train derailment in Nebraska leaves 22 cars off tracks

December 26, 2014 | KTIV|North Bend, NE (US92/KTIV) –Union Pacific officials are cleaning up at the scene of a train derailment in Nebraska. A train came off the tracks three and a half miles west of the Dodge County community of North Bend. Union Pacific officials say the train was hauling coal eastbound from Wyoming […]

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Amtrak’s Empire Builder through North Dakota to resume regular routes in early January

December 24, 2014 | inforum.com| GRAND FORKS – Amtrak’s Empire Builder will resume regular passenger rail service routes and schedules between Chicago and Seattle, including North Dakota, in early January. As part of the service resumption, set for Jan. 12, the railroad will discontinue using chartered buses to cover missed station stops in Grand Forks, […]

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Looking ahead to 2015 in Bakken oil production

Looking ahead to 2015 in Bakken oil production

December 24, 2014| Bismark Tribune|With 2014 essentially in the books, oil producers operating in the Williston Basin are now focusing on what 2015 and beyond may bring. The price of crude oil, the single biggest influencer in determining production levels and future investment in any given play including the Bakken, has varied significantly over the […]

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Understanding safety concerns of shipping Bakken crude oil

Understanding safety concerns of shipping Bakken crude oil

December 22, 2014 | Bismark Tribune | The photographs were enough to send chills down the spine of anyone living near or along a railroad track: A fireball of churning flames rolling skyward, thick black smoke bellowing. The scene earlier in 2014 was close to home – Casselton, N.D. – and resulted when grain cars […]

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Race to Build on River Could Block Pacific Oil Route

Race to Build on River Could Block Pacific Oil Route

December 27, 2014 | NY Times | VANCOUVER, Wash. — Environmental passions, which run hot in the Northwest over everything from salmon to recycling, generally get couched in the negative: Don’t fish too much, don’t put those chemicals up the smokestack, don’t build in that sensitive area. But here in southern Washington, some environmental groups […]

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Train Derailment Near Banff Sends CP Cargo Into Creek

Train Derailment Near Banff Sends CP Cargo Into Creek

December 26, 2014 | Huffington Post Canada| BANFF, Alta. – Officials with the Transportation Safety Board and other environment officials are at the scene of a CP Rail derailment near Banff. The railway says 15 cars carrying grains and fly ash, a material used to make concrete, went off the track west of the town […]

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Railroads seek one-person crews for freight trains

December 22, 2014 | ABC News| When American freight trains delivered cargo after World War II, the steam-belching beasts commonly had seven people aboard ? an engineer, a conductor, up to four brakemen and a fireman. Trains have since grown much longer, seemingly stretching to the horizon and often taking 20 minutes to pass through […]

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Mistakes, equipment issues pose serious threats with rail-related hazmat

Mistakes, equipment issues pose serious threats with rail-related hazmat

December 21, 2014 | Daily Herald | While images of crude oil infernos caused by freight train derailments haunt many living near rail lines, a more statistically likely and troubling reality looms. Hundreds of rail-related hazardous materials releases occur regularly in the suburbs, spilling chemicals into the environment that range from acids to ammonia. [Read […]

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