Archive for January, 2015

N.D. school bus and train accident Monday afternoon kills two

January 5, 2015 | West Central Tribune| UPDATE: The Grand Forks County Sheriff has confirmed that two people were killed in the bus and train accident Monday afternoon. BREAKING: Train-bus accident reported at Larimore Forum News Service LARIMORE, N.D. — An accident involving an elementary school bus and a train occurred just east of Larimore […]

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Freight Train Derailment In Citrus Heights Prompts Hazmat Response

January 5, 2015 | CBS – Sacramento | CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — A freight train has derailed in Citrus Heights, prompting the evacuation of a rail yard due to the contents of one of the cars. [Read the entire article here.]

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Oil and Gas Regulatory Push Coming from Obama Administration

Oil and Gas Regulatory Push Coming from Obama Administration

January 5, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal | The Obama administration is planning to release in the coming months a series of regulations on the oil and natural gas industry, a response to the nation’s energy boom that also is aimed at burnishing President Barack Obama ’s environmental legacy in his final two years. […]

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Low oil prices unlikely to hurt railroads much

Low oil prices unlikely to hurt railroads much

January 5, 2015 | SE Missourian | The collapse in oil prices over the past few months won’t derail the railroads’ profit engine even if it slows the growth in crude shipments seen in recent years. Carloads of crude oil spiked well over 4,000 percent between 2008 and last year — from 9,500 carloads to […]

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BNSF Directed to Plan for Coal Shipping Woes

BNSF Directed to Plan for Coal Shipping Woes

January 5, 2015 | ECT| As winter electricity demand ramps up, regulators have directed BNSF Railway Co. to explain what it plans to do if it fails to deliver much-needed coal to power plants. Siding with NRECA and rail customers, the Surface Transportation Board told BNSF that it must submit detailed plans to deal with […]

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U.S. freight traffic ends 2014 with gains

U.S. freight traffic ends 2014 with gains

January 3, 2015|Railwayage.com|AAR said U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending Dec. 27 rose a hefty 9.2% measured against the comparable week in 2013, while U.S. intermodal volume made its customary 2014 advance for the week, up 5.4%. Total combined U.S. rail traffic notched a 7.4% rise. [Read the entire article here.]

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Oil storage tank fires extinguished

Oil storage tank fires extinguished

January 3, 2015 | Bismark Tribune| A fire that spread to eight storage tanks holding close to 1,000 barrels of crude oil north of Alexander was extinguished early Friday afternoon. The Alexander Fire Department and representatives from Enbridge applied a foam substance to contain the blaze, according to Michael Barnes, an Enbridge spokesman. The eight […]

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Regulator orders BNSF to submit coal delivery plans

January 3, 2015 | Journal Star |The U.S. Surface Transportation Board directed BNSF Railway Co. to submit a detailed description of its contingency plans to mitigate potential inventory shortages for its electric utility coal shippers. The board’s order responds to a petition submitted by the Western Coal Traffic League, in which WCTL members express concern […]

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Minnesota study shows millions needed for rail safety, including in Moorhead

Minnesota study shows millions needed for rail safety, including in Moorhead

January 1, 2015 | inforum.com | ST. PAUL — Minnesota needs to spend $244 million to improve railroad crossing safety where oil trains cross the state, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported on New Year’s Eve. Transportation officials already are spending $2 million the 2014 Legislature appropriated to improve crossings at places where rails and […]

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Trains plus crude oil equals trouble down the track

Trains plus crude oil equals trouble down the track

January 1, 2015 | McClatchy DC| TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Every day, strings of black tank cars filled with crude oil roll slowly across a long wooden railroad bridge over the Black Warrior River. The 116-year-old span is a landmark in this city of 95,000 people, home to the University of Alabama. Residents have proposed and […]

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