Archive for January, 2015

Oil train safety draws quick attention in Olympia

Oil train safety draws quick attention in Olympia

January 15, 2015 | Crosscut| Two competing oil-train safety bills have come into quick play in the Washington Senate. A Republican measure, proposed by Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, received a hearing on Thursday before the Senate Environment, Energy & Telecommunications Committee, which he chairs. Also on Thursday, Democratic Sens. Christine Rolfes of Bainbridge Island […]

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No reductions expected in oil train traffic through Bergen County

January 16, 2015 | NorthJersey.com| Despite plummeting crude prices and an expected drop in production, CSX railroad executives say they will continue to ship the same amount of oil for the foreseeable future, including the 15 to 30 oil trains that travel each week through Bergen County. Millions of gallons of highly flammable crude from […]

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Train derailment closes highway, injure 3

Train derailment closes highway, injure 3

January 15, 2015 | KSN | WILSON COUNTY, Kansas – Kansas 39 between Highway 400 to Highway 75 is now open after a train derailment Thursday. Authorities say three people were hurt and taken to a hospital after a train hit a truck hauling gravel in southeast Kansas. Two engines and eight empty train cars derailed. […]

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U.S. oil train safety proposal due in May

U.S. oil train safety proposal due in May

January 15, 2015 | inforum.com| WASHINGTON – The U.S. Transportation Department will offer a new design for oil trains by mid-May as officials try to make sure crude oil is moving safely on the tracks, officials said this week. The next-generation tanker will have a thicker shell, more heat protection and other safety features meant […]

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Canada insists on oil train tanker phase-out ahead of U.S.

January 14, 2015 | CNBC | WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Canada is committed to taking outmoded tank cars off the rails years earlier than U.S. officials envision, sources familiar with negotiations say, leaving the trading partners at an impasse as they try to harmonize oil train safety measures. [Read the entire article here.]  

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OMB needs to quickly review USDOT’s proposed tank-car rule, Sen. Schumer says

January 12, 2015 | Progressive Railroad | U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) last week sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging the agency to as quickly as possible review the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) draft rule on phasing out or retrofitting DOT-111 tank cars used to transport crude oil. […]

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U.S. oil train rule changes would have side effects

U.S. oil train rule changes would have side effects

January 13, 2015 | Democrat & Chronicle | WASHINGTON – Long-distance passenger and freight rail service could be headed for gridlock later this year if trains hauling crude oil and ethanol are limited to 40 miles per hour. And it could get worse. If the controversial Keystone XL pipeline doesn’t win approval, the American Petroleum […]

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MN Power, BNSF Respond to Federal Ruling on Rail Congestion

January 13, 2015 | WDIO | Both Minnesota Power and the BNSF Railway are responding after a federal ruling on rail congestion issues from last year. Minnesota Power said in a statement Tuesday that they are “encouraged” by the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) ruling that BNSF has to come up with a plan for supplying power […]

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Highway 17 closed due to train derailment

Highway 17 closed due to train derailment

January 13, 2015 | CBC | OPP have closed Highway 17 between the 11/17 junction and Schreiber, after nearly two dozen cars in a CP Rail train went off the track. No one was injured in the incident. CP Rail said around 11:20 a.m. today an eastbound train derailed between Nipigon and Rossport, causing 22 cars […]

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Quebec town: Proposed settlement in oil train disaster is just a fraction of what’s needed

January 12, 2015 | Fox News|MONTREAL –  The deputy mayor of a Quebec own where a fiery oil train derailment killed 47 people says a proposed settlement fund for victims represents just a fraction of what’s needed. [Read the entire article here.]

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