Archive for March, 2015

CN cleaning up after train derailment near Carberry

CN cleaning up after train derailment near Carberry

March 13, 2015|Winnipeg Free Press| Crews pressed ahead Thursday with operations to clean up 30,000 litres  (8,000 gallons) of bitumen spilled from a rail tanker after 13 cars derailed on Canadian National Railway’s main line in western Manitoba. The cars on the eastbound train left the rails after 7 p.m. Wednesday just north of Carberry, […]

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Barrage Of Lobbying On New Oil Train Rules

March 12, 2015|Oilprice.com| After a slew of oil train derailments over the past month, the Obama administration is under assault…from lobbyists that is. A barrage of lobbying has descended upon the White House as it considers new regulations on trains carrying crude oil. And the petitioning is coming from all sides. EnergyWire reported that a […]

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CN Rail says some oil product spills in Manitoba derailment

March 12, 2015|Reuters|(Reuters) – Canadian National Railway Co said Thursday 13 train cars carrying refinery cracking stock, a petroleum product, derailed Wednesday night in rural Manitoba, and one car spilled some of the product onto the ground. [Read the entire article here.]

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Canada wants even newer oil tank cars phased out by 2025

Canada wants even newer oil tank cars phased out by 2025

March 12, 2015 | The Peterborough Examiner| OTTAWA – Canada proposed tough new oil tank car standards on Wednesday and said even improved tank cars coming into service now would have to be off the rails by 2025 at the latest. The announcement comes after a rash of fiery derailments in Canada and the United […]

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Gogama train derailment highlights treaty infringement, chief says

Gogama train derailment highlights treaty infringement, chief says

March 12, 2015|CBC| “When we talk about the transporting of dangerous goods, like crude oil, through First Nations territories there has to be safeguards to make sure that the way of life of First Nations people is protected and intact as much as possible,” Beardy said. “We are tired of being pawns in Canada’s addiction […]

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Gogama derailment: Fix tracks or slow trains down, union says

Gogama derailment: Fix tracks or slow trains down, union says

March 11, 2015|CBC|Doug Finnson, president of the Teamsters Rail Conference of Canada, which represents CN workers, said the crew likely saw a massive fireball behind them as the cars derailed. “You look back out of the locomotive and you see that going on a little ways behind you [and] that can be very traumatic,” he said. [Read the […]

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Here’s why so many oil trains have derailed this year

Here’s why so many oil trains have derailed this year

March 12, 2015 | Business Insider|WASHINGTON (AP) — Four trains hauling crude oil have derailed in the U.S. and Canada since mid-February, rupturing tank cars, spilling their contents, polluting waterways and igniting spectacular fires that burned for days. The derailments have deepened safety concerns that if an oil-train accident were to occur in a populated […]

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Truck-sized boulders fall on BNSF tracks

Truck-sized boulders fall on BNSF tracks

March 10, 2015 | Flathead News| No trains were damaged or derailed when several large boulders fell onto the BNSF Railway tracks about two miles east of West Glacier on March 10. BNSF spokesman Matt Jones said crews had the boulders off the tracks and the line reopened by 8:45 p.m. Crews used a large […]

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Dike and levy construction resume near Galena-area derailment site.

March 11, 2015|TH Media| GALENA, Ill. — Dike and levy construction resumed Tuesday around the remains of a fiery train derailment near Galena to prevent pooled crude oil from reaching a slough at the confluence of the Galena and Mississippi rivers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved plans to erect a temporary wall of sheet […]

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How prepared is Minnesota for an oil train derailment?

How prepared is Minnesota for an oil train derailment?

March 11, 2015|MPR News|If a train carrying crude oil derails and explodes near a populated area in Minnesota, the priority for the fire department isn’t going to be extinguishing the flames. It will be evacuating the area. “Really we need to focus on getting people out of the way,” Kevin Reed, Minnesota’s homeland security director, […]

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