Archive for March, 2015

Rail industry prepares for tougher tanker rules

Rail industry prepares for tougher tanker rules

March 23, 2015| Bismark Tribune| When a train loaded with crude oil tankers rumbles down the track almost anywhere in the county, there’s an 80 percent chance it originated in the Bakken. [Read the entire article here.]

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Cleanup Underway After Train Hauling Chemicals Derails

Cleanup Underway After Train Hauling Chemicals Derails

March 23, 2015|KWTX|  VALLEY MILLS, TX (March 22, 2015) The cleanup was underway Sunday near Valley Mills, a day after a dozen cars of a BNSF train derailed and industrial solvent leaked from one tanker, Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson said. No injuries or fires resulted from the derailment Saturday evening, Wilson said. […]

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BNSF train derails in Weld County

BNSF train derails in Weld County

March 22, 2015|Coloradoan| HUDSON, Colo. (AP) — A train jumped its tracks early Sunday, dumping tons of coal from more than two dozen cars near the northern Colorado town of Hudson. No injuries were reported, but there was significant damage to the tracks, which have been shut down for repairs and cleanup. [Read the entire […]

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Top 10 Questions About Oil Trains: Industry Lobbies for Weak Rules While Derailment Fire Rages

Top 10 Questions About Oil Trains: Industry Lobbies for Weak Rules While Derailment Fire Rages

March 21, 2015|Huffington Post| On Friday, March 6, while an oil train explosion in Illinois was still sending flames and black smoke into the air, railroad agents were in Washington, DC lobbying to weaken new train safety standards. Safer brakes are “extremely costly…” they told White House officials, and explained in great detail why speed […]

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Hennepin County has the most residents in oil train ‘danger zones’

Hennepin County has the most residents in oil train ‘danger zones’

March 21, 2015|Pioneer Press| The 326,170 Minnesotans who live near railroad tracks carrying North Dakota crude oil should be prepared for a train accident, a state emergency management official says. “If you live by the train, people need to take some personal awareness of what’s around them,” Kevin Reed of the Minnesota Homeland Security and […]

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State officials: 326,170 Minnesotans live near oil train tracks; unknown in ND

State officials: 326,170 Minnesotans live near oil train tracks; unknown in ND

March 20, 2015 | Inforum.com| ST. PAUL – A third of firefighters, law enforcement officers and others who protect 326,170 Minnesotans living near oil train routes have received initial training about how to deal with oil disasters. “We are opening their eyes, but we also are giving them a place to start,” said Kevin Reed […]

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US oil train accidents won’t go away any time soon

US oil train accidents won’t go away any time soon

March 20, 2015|Business Insider| There have been several high-profile oil-by-rail accidents in the last couple of months. Should we be worried about shipping crude oil by rail? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that it’s complicated. And this mode of transporting oil isn’t going away anytime soon. [Read the entire article here.]

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BNSF crews set bridges, track during 13-hour train stoppage

BNSF crews set bridges, track during 13-hour train stoppage

March 20, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | BNSF crews and contractors were out in force Thursday laying new track and installing bridges on the railroad’s line through La Crosse during a planned 13-hour stoppage. [Read the entire article here.]  

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BNSF permitted to work near eagle nest

March 20, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune|BNSF Railway has been granted federal permission to disturb up to two eagle nests if necessary while installing a second line of track through the La Crosse River marsh. [Read the entire article here.]

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Trains Slow U.S. Petroleum Shipments After Derailment

March 19, 2015|Bloomberg| (Bloomberg) — Rail shipments of crude and refined products fell last week to the lowest level since October 2013 after a derailment shut a track in Illinois for four days. The U.S. transported 12,724 carloads of petroleum in the week of March 8-14, according to data released Wednesday by the Association of […]

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