Archive for April, 2015

Galena Council OKs requesting $227,300 from BNSF Railway

April 15, 2015 | TH Online|GALENA, Ill. — The fiery March 5 train derailment near Galena, Ill., cost the city more than $227,300 in personnel, equipment and material expenses, according to a reimbursement claim. [Read the entire article here.]

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Washington House approves tighter oil train rules

  April 15, 2015 | The Spokesman-Review | OLYMPIA – In the latest move to tighten safety regulations on oil trains and pipelines that run through Washington, the state House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to make shippers pay for spills and derailments and publicly disclose what kinds of oil they transport through communities. The topic […]

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Train derailment points to need for more E911 sign-ups

Train derailment points to need for more E911 sign-ups

April 14, 2015 | KOAA| Residents in nearly 70 homes were instructed to shelter in place — remaining at home with the doors and windows closed — Sunday night following a train derailment near the Drake Power Plant in downtown Colorado Springs.  However, many in those 70 homes didn’t receive the message because they weren’t […]

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Disaster Plans for Oil Trains

Disaster Plans for Oil Trains

April 14, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal | Imagine a mile-long train transporting crude oil derailing on an elevated track in Jersey City, N.J., across the street from senior citizen housing and 2 miles from the mouth of the Holland Tunnel to Manhattan. The oil ignites, creating an intense explosion and a 300-foot fireball. […]

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Train Derailment in Colorado Springs

Train Derailment in Colorado Springs

April 13, 2015 | KKTV | There is a train derailment on the 900 block of S. Sierra Madre near Cimarron and I-25 in Colorado Springs. It happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The entire train was carrying ammonia fertilizer. The concern was if the ammonia got into the creek or any drains or if it […]

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Sued by engineer of train that exploded, BNSF says it may be shielded by federal law

Sued by engineer of train that exploded, BNSF says it may be shielded by federal law

April 12, 2015 | WDAZ | Fargo, ND (Forum News Service) – BNSF Railway, owner of an oil tanker train that derailed near Casselton and exploded in 2013, says that federal law may shield it from a civil lawsuit filed last month by the train’s engineer. [Read the entire article here.]

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Evacuation lifted following 38-car train derailment in SC

Evacuation lifted following 38-car train derailment in SC

April 12, 2015 | WTOC | TRENTON, S.C (AP/WIS) – Authorities say an evacuation order has been lifted for all but four homes following a 38-car train derailment in rural South Carolina. Derrick Becker, public information officer for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, tells The Associated Press that no one was injured following the […]

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Railroad chief at a crossroads

Railroad chief at a crossroads

April 12, 2015 | Politico | A series of explosive oil train derailments and deadly commuter railroad crashes is putting the Federal Railroad Administration in the kind of political spotlight it hasn’t seen for years — caught between the powerful industry it oversees and congressional critics who have lambasted the agency as arrogant, aloof and […]

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SC community to evacuate after train derailment

SC community to evacuate after train derailment

April 11, 2015 | WBTW | RENTON, SC – A Civil Emergency Message was activated Friday night after a train derailment in Edgefield County. Residents living a mile and a half radius around Salters Pond Road at Highway 121 intersection , which is north Trenton, S.C., are asked to evacuate immediately. [Read the entire article […]

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Cantwell talks oil train safety in Mt. Vernon

Cantwell talks oil train safety in Mt. Vernon

April 9, 2015 | KGMI | MT. VERNON, Wash. – Senator Maria Cantwell was in Mt. Vernon to talk oil train safety. Cantwell met with first responders like Mt. Vernon Fire Chief Roy Hari yesterday to hear their concerns. “If we can stop the volatility before it ever leaves the oil field, that’s the number […]

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