Archive for April, 2015

‘A Danger on Rails’

‘A Danger on Rails’

April 23, 2015 | NY Times Op Video|In recent years, small towns across the United States have begun hosting an increasingly common phenomenon: long trains, made up of 100-plus black cylindrical cars, rolling slowly past our hospitals, schools and homes. Few who see them know what they carry: highly flammable crude oil from the shale […]

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Voluntary evacuations continue as crews clean trail derailment spill

April 22, 2015| KYTX |  LONGVIEW (KYTX) – More than a dozen Longview families are riding out a voluntary evacuation at a local rec center, after a train derailment late Tuesday in the Bivins Addition neighborhood. Police have blocked traffic through a nearly 20-block neighborhood one mile east of downtown Longview. Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary […]

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No One Hurt in NorCal Train Derailment

No One Hurt in NorCal Train Derailment

April  22, 2015| KOLO News| GREENVILLE, CA – No one was hurt in the derailment of a small freight train Monday. According to the Indian Valley Record, two Burlington Northern Santa Fe engines and a pair of cargo containers derailed near Forgay Road in Greenville the evening of Monday, April 20, 2015. The train was […]

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DOT’s Emergency Order Not Nearly Enough

April 21, 2015 | DOT-111 Reader | The DOT’s new emergency order to limit oil and ethanol trains to 40 mph in HTUAs (High Threat Urban Areas) is not nearly enough to eliminate a major risk of an oil/ethanol disaster from occurring in population centers and here is why: Limiting train speed to 40 mph […]

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‘Thank goodness no one was injured or killed,’ Galena Mayor talks derailment six weeks later

April 18th, 2015 | KWQC | GALENA, Ill (KWQC)-“It was serious, thank goodness no one was injured or killed,” Galena Mayor Terry Renner says the response to the train derailment south of town was incredible, hundreds of first responders flocked to the site. “It was amazing,” Renner said. “The amount of people that showed up […]

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U.S. calls for more oil train inspections, other safety measures

April 17, 2015 | Reuters|– Oil train operators must have detailed information on hand about the possible risks of their cargo in case of an accident and perform more thorough checks before moving on the tracks, U.S. officials said on Friday. [Read the entire article here.]

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Rail defect, tank car valves implicated in West Virginia oil train fire

April 17, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON — Outlet valves underneath four tank cars in a February oil train derailment in West Virginia were sheared off and the 50,000 gallons of crude oil they released ignited in a fire that subsequently caused several nearby rail cars to explode, according to a federal report. The report […]

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Oil production down second straight month

Oil production down second straight month

April 16, 2015 | Bismark Tribune| North Dakota oil production fell for the second consecutive month in February with a decline of more than 14,000 barrels per day reported by the state’s top energy industry regulator Tuesday. [Read the entire article here.] {Editor’s Note: An oil unit train carries approximately 71,000 barrels of oil}

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County calls for public review of BNSF bridge plan

County calls for public review of BNSF bridge plan

April 16, 2015 | Bonner County Daily Bee |  SANDPOINT — Bonner County commissioners are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to require a public review of a proposal to construct a new BNSF Railway bridge across Lake Pend Oreille. “We want to make sure that the citizens of the county get a […]

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Fire officials say 2 killed in blast near Omaha rail yard

April 15, 2015| Grand Island Independent | OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha authorities say two people are dead after an apparent explosion at a rail car repair facility. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at a GE Capital Rail Services repair shop near a BNSF rail yard. [Read the entire article here.]  

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