Archive for February, 2015

Railroads expand capacity on Mississippi as freight, oil traffic grows

Railroads expand capacity on Mississippi as freight, oil traffic grows

February 22, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| As U.S. railroads scramble to haul growing volumes of freight and North Dakota crude oil, they are expanding workforces and sinking record amounts of money into their networks. That translates into major investments along the Upper Mississippi River corridor, where BNSF and Canadian Pacific, the region’s two major […]

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Bald eagles nesting near proposed rail project

Bald eagles nesting near proposed rail project

February 22, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| BNSF’s plans to add a second set of tracks through the La Crosse River marsh might face one additional obstacle: a pair of bald eagles nesting near the tracks. Alan Stankevitz, a wildlife photographer and member of Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, reported the nest to the U.S. […]

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Texas attorney general orders release of oil train data

Texas attorney general orders release of oil train data

February 21, 2015 | McClatchy DC|Oil train records held by the Texas Department of Public Safety are not subject to exemption under state open records law, the state attorney general ruled this week, and must be released in full to McClatchy and other news organizations. [Read the entire article here.]

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Aerial Photos Of Monday’s West Virginia Train Crash Show Scope Of Devastation

Aerial Photos Of Monday’s West Virginia Train Crash Show Scope Of Devastation

February 21, 2015| Pixable| When word reached me late Monday, February 16, that a West Virginia (WV) train explosion had sent flames hundreds of feet high above Powellton Hollow, WV — we immediately called Paul Corbit Brown. We knew Brown would have visited the site as it’s just down the road from his Fayette County home. […]

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Oil train crash in coal country shows dangers of new energy economy

Oil train crash in coal country shows dangers of new energy economy

February 20, 2015 | McClatchy DC| PRATT, W.Va. — The oil train that derailed and burst into flame in West Virginia earlier this week had passed by Dyann Simile’s house just a few minutes earlier. Now she can see the tank cars that didn’t derail parked outside her window. They’ve been sitting there for two […]

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West Virginia Begins Investigating Massive Train Derailment

West Virginia Begins Investigating Massive Train Derailment

February 21, 2015 | Newsweek| The orange flames no longer burned bright in the snow-covered woods near Mount Carbon in West Virginia on Friday. But days after a massive train derailment in the small community, located about 30 miles from the state capital, smoke still smoldered from the enormous oil tank train cars lying perpendicular […]

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Railroads Want One-Man Crews on Massive Freight Trains

Railroads Want One-Man Crews on Massive Freight Trains

February 21, 2015 | NBC News| Monday’s fiery oil train crash in West Virginia was the latest in a string of explosive wrecks that have sparked fears about America’s surge in oil train traffic. And soon those trains may be rumbling through populated areas with just a single person at the controls, a change that […]

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Fires still burning at West Virginia oil train disaster site

February 19, 2015 | The Hill| Some fires continued to burn Thursday afternoon, three days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in rural West Virginia. Suzanne Emmerling, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Transportation, said that the fires are hampering investigators’ ability to access what they need in order to determine […]

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Dayton wants review of proposed ‘high hazard’ train track

Dayton wants review of proposed ‘high hazard’ train track

February 19, 2015 | MPR News| Gov. Mark Dayton is asking a federal board to require an environmental study of a railroad track that could send “high hazard” freight trains through Minneapolis and west suburbs, including Crystal, Robbinsdale, Golden Valley and Plymouth. In a letter Thursday to the acting chair of the Surface Transportation Board, […]

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Gas vapor eyed as factor in West Virginia oil train fireball

Gas vapor eyed as factor in West Virginia oil train fireball

February 19, 2015 | Reuters|(Reuters) – Federal investigators will examine whether pressurized gas played a role in the massive blast that followed the derailment of a train carrying crude oil through West Virginia this week, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday. [Read the entire article here.]

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