Archive for December, 2014

Safety rules on oil trains burn critics

Safety rules on oil trains burn critics

December 11, 2014 | Times Sun Union|New safety rules on Bakken crude oil shipments imposed by North Dakota will not affect about 80 percent of oil arriving daily on massive tanker trains at the Port of Albany. Some oil opponents in the Capital Region are criticizing the limit as toothless. A vapor pressure rating is a […]

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Oil’s Fall Puts a Chill on U.S. Drilling

Oil’s Fall Puts a Chill on U.S. Drilling

December 10, 2914 | The Wall Street Journal| U.S. energy companies are starting to cut drilling, lay off workers and slash spending in the face of an accelerating decline in oil prices, which fell to a fresh five-year low Wednesday. The number of rigs drilling for oil in North Dakota and parts of Texas has […]

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Safety of millions in hands of three men

Safety of millions in hands of three men

December 7, 014 | Winona Daily News | The safety of millions of Americans who live, work or play within a mile of tracks where Bakken oil trains run — and the emotional state of family and friends who know these millions — are in the hands of three mortal men. Unfortunately, these men make […]

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N.D. regulators order treatment of crude oil for safety

N.D. regulators order treatment of crude oil for safety

December 9, 2014 | Star Tribune | North Dakota officials on Tuesday ordered the oil industry to reduce volatile gases in Bakken crude oil to make it safer to transport via oil trains. The order by the state Industrial Commission, a three-member board that includes the governor, requires oil companies to use equipment that removes […]

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Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-By-Rail Problem

December 9, 2014 | Weather Films| A train hauling two million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota had exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. Now regulators had to assure Americans a similar disaster wouldn’t happen south of the border, where the U.S. oil boom is sending highly volatile crude oil […]

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No injuries in Seattle freight train derailment

No injuries in Seattle freight train derailment

December 5, 2014 | Seattle Times| The Seattle Fire Department says no one was injured in a midday freight-train derailment in South Seattle. The Seattle Department of Transportation says train cars completely blocked East Marginal Way, a major north-south artery through the city, for at least half an hour on Friday. [Read the entire article […]

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Paulsboro schools sue Conrail for $5.8 million in 2012 train derailment, chemical spill

Paulsboro schools sue Conrail for $5.8 million in 2012 train derailment, chemical spill

December 5, 2014 | NJ.com| Paulsboro‘s school district is suing Conrail for more than $5.8 million in damages resulting from the November 2012 train derailment and chemical release that closed the borough’s three public schools for a total of six days. In a lawsuit filed by attorney Bradley Campbell on behalf of the school district […]

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BNSF car carrying pork derails in Richmond, raising concerns about more hazardous materials

BNSF car carrying pork derails in Richmond, raising concerns about more hazardous materials

December 3, 2014 | Contra Costa Times | RICHMOND — The derailment Friday of a single rail car containing refrigerated pork is under investigation by Burlington Northern Santa Fe officials, who say it occurred during a low-speed movement within its rail yard and suggests no added risk for the rail transport of more hazardous materials […]

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Senator calls on Jerry Brown to halt crude oil trains in ‘treacherous’ California mountain passes

Senator calls on Jerry Brown to halt crude oil trains in ‘treacherous’ California mountain passes

December 2, 2014 | Sacramento Bee | Sen. Jerry Hill on Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt the transport of crude oil on trains and other hazardous materials “through our most treacherous passes.” The request by Hill, D-San Mateo, comes in reaction to a corn train derailment last week in the Feather River […]

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The Flow of Crude: America’s Railroads Are Ill-Equipped to Act as Oil Pipelines

The Flow of Crude: America’s Railroads Are Ill-Equipped to Act as Oil Pipelines

December 2, 2014|PSMAG| The oil boom underway in North Dakota has delivered jobs to local economies and helped bring the United States to the brink of being a net energy exporter for the first time in generations. But moving that oil to the few refineries with the capacity to process it is presenting a new […]

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