Archive for December, 2014

U.S. taxpayers funding oil-laden freight trains despite safety concerns

U.S. taxpayers funding oil-laden freight trains despite safety concerns

December 15, 2014 | Raw Story | NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. In at least a handful of places, the public is […]

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Train derailment shuts down East Main Street in Paris, KY

Train derailment shuts down East Main Street in Paris, KY

December 15, 2014 | WKYT | PARIS, Ky. (WKYT) – Authorities are on the scene of a train derailment that has East Main Street closed. Crews at the scene say three cars fell into Stoner Creek. They say the ground beneath the tracks gave way. No injuries were reported. Battalion Chief Jeff McFarland of the […]

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Documents cast doubt on BNSF explanation of shipping delays

Documents cast doubt on BNSF explanation of shipping delays

December 15, 2014 | MPR News| When months of rail traffic delays cost farmers, coal companies, utilities, grain businesses and others hundreds of millions of dollars, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and other carriers blamed the delays on unexpected heavy shipping demand and bad weather. In particular, they cited a record grain harvest and a sudden […]

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Our view: We must do more to ensure rail safety

Our view: We must do more to ensure rail safety

December 14, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | The public is getting railroaded when it comes to tracking the safety of rail bridges. A story in today’s Tribune shows that the railroad industry polices itself when it comes to rail safety, leaving local officials and the public in the dark — not only about what […]

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Railroad bridge conditions hidden from public view

Railroad bridge conditions hidden from public view

December 14, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune  | STODDARD, Wis. — On the afternoon of June 6, Kevin Gobel pulled into town after work and noticed dozens of railroad workers and trucks gathered near the village’s only railroad crossing. Perturbed at trucks parked across the tracks and blocking the road, Gobel, the village president, went […]

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‘The train was everywhere,’ eyewitness says

‘The train was everywhere,’ eyewitness says

December 13, 2014 | The Star Phoenix | A piece of wayward steel, a bang and then a whole lot of mess – that’s how witnesses described the chain of events following a CN train derailment that left 35 cars twisted or toppled off the tracks near this community on Friday. “We were sitting here […]

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North Dakota oil production hits a lull

North Dakota oil production hits a lull

December 13, 2014 | Star Tribune| North Dakota’s steep climb in oil production growth is hitting a lull as oil drillers retrench amid plummeting crude oil prices. State officials said Friday that oil production in October declined by about 4,000 barrels per day to 1.18 million daily barrels compared with September, the first decline in […]

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Transport chiefs for U.S., Canada to meet over oil train safety

December 12, 2014 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | WASHINGTON — Top transportation officials from Canada and the United States are due to meet next week to hash out differences about safety regulations for trains that carry oil, sources familiar with the planned meeting said Thursday. Both governments are drafting safety rules for trains that move fuel from […]

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TSB report shows broken wheel in 2013 White River train derailment

TSB report shows broken wheel in 2013 White River train derailment

December 11, 2014 | CBC | The Transportation Safety Board has released its report on the cause of a CP train derailment in April of 2013. A train went off the tracks near White River, which led to a spill of more than 100,000 litres of crude oil. Seven cars were carrying crude, but not all […]

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Regulators Ignore One Proven Way to Eliminate Bakken Bomb Trains: Oil Stabilization

December 11, 2014 | DESMOGBLOG| Editor’s Note: This is an article from August 8, 2014 but we decided to reprint it here to bring to light the lack of any meaningful change to the new ND law that will “condition” Bakken Oil. This article helps explain psi values and why they are important and why […]

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