Archive for February, 2015

Kind, Walz introduce bill to prep first responders for oil train disaster

Kind, Walz introduce bill to prep first responders for oil train disaster

February 25, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | Two Coulee Region congressmen have again introduced legislation designed to help communities prepare for an oil train derailment or spill. Rep. Ron Kind, joined by Minnesota’s Rep. Tim Walz and other Democrats, re-introduced a bill Tuesday that would bring together emergency workers and technical experts from government […]

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Banff National Park begins cleanup on train derailment

Banff National Park begins cleanup on train derailment

February 24, 2015 | Calgary Herald | BANFF — The cleanup of a train derailment in Banff National Park has started, with officials saying they’ve removed most of the fly ash, lentils, soybeans and train cars in the area and mitigated the environmental risk. On Tuesday, Parks Canada issued a statement from resource conservation manager David Gummer […]

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EIS required for oil train project in Anacortes

February 23, 2015 | San Juan Islander| As the result of an appeal, an Environmental Statement will be required for the project to build a rail spur from the existing BNSF line to Shell Puget Sound Oil Refinery on March Point in Anacortes. The project is not to increase production at the refinery but to […]

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TSB says new standards for rail tankers inadequate

TSB says new standards for rail tankers inadequate

February 23, 2015 | CBC |  The Transportation Safety Board says a preliminary assessment shows the tank cars that derailed in Gogama, Ont. on Feb. 14 demonstrate the inadequacy of new standards aimed at preventing oil spills. A total of 29 cars from a 100-car Canadian National Railway train carrying diluted bitumen crude derailed in the remote area of Ontario, […]

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Oil train derails, fireball erupts, fate steps in to save man’s life

Oil train derails, fireball erupts, fate steps in to save man’s life

February 24, 2015 | Portland Press Herald| ANSTED, W.Va. — Morris Bounds Sr. wanted to make sure his home was tidy when his wife was let out of the hospital, so he cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed their bedroom. While doing the mindless chores, he noticed his cellphone on the bed and thought to himself: […]

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Looking to gain crude, sand markets, CP expanding rail in Houston County MN

Looking to gain crude, sand markets, CP expanding rail in Houston County MN

February 23, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune|LA CRESCENT, Minn. — When construction equipment appeared next to the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks at Miller’s Crossing in January, sand mining opponents pounced. Two citizen groups, Citizens Acting for Rail Safety and the Houston County Protectors issued a news release claiming the railroad was constructing a siding that […]

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Why bitumen isn’t necessarily safer than Bakken

Why bitumen isn’t necessarily safer than Bakken

February 23, 2015 | Railway Age|The chain reaction fireballs that attended the Feb. 16, 2015 derailment of a CSX unit oil train in populated West Virginia probably blinded observers to the significance of the concurrent derailment and explosions of a CN oil train in a remote and uninhabited area of northern Ontario. Most reports treated […]

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North American Crude by Rail (Map)

North American Crude by Rail (Map)

February 22, 2015 | priceofoil.org | Interactive map of crude oil by rail.

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Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

February 22, 2015 | Fuel Fix | BILLINGS, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely […]

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U.S. oil trains are taking high-stakes risks with lives: Kemp

U.S. oil trains are taking high-stakes risks with lives: Kemp

February 22, 2015 | Eagle Ford Texas|Five hundred and ninety one days have passed since a train carrying crude oil derailed and incinerated the town of Lac Megantic in Quebec. In that time, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has still not finalized new safety rules on tank car standards and operational controls for trains […]

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